Note:  All Youth programs in Rotary District 9810 were suspended prior to March 2021.  Enquiries for activities to take place after that date are welcome.


District Chair      Malcolm Chiverton    -  Box Hill Central


Deputy Youth Service Chair:  Salwan Shahine   - Doncaster

A Pathway to the Rotary Future  -  Earlyact  -  Interact  -  Rotaract
Allied Youth Programs
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Schools Anzac Day Commemoration
Non Residential Programs
Primary Schools Speech Contest
4 Way Test Speech Contest
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience
Model United Nations Assembly
Residential Programs
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
National Youth Science Forum
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Youth Exchange Program


1.  A Pathway to the Rotary Future


a. EarlyAct

EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for primary school students, overseen by Years 5/6 and sponsored by a local Rotary Club. The purpose of EarlyAct programs is to engage students in character building activities, to prepare them for leadership roles and to identify and carry out meaningful projects which benefit their school, local and international communities.
Chair:  Kathy Monley
Earlyact Clubs in D9810 are:
EarlyAct Club
Sponsored by
Coldstream PS
Warwick Bisley
Firbank Grammar (Sandringham)
Bob Richards
Donburn PS
Kathy Monley
Kingswood PS
Dingley Village
David Cugley
Lysterfield PS
Margaret Vesey

b. Interact

A program to foster the development of leadership skills and responsible citizenship for secondary school students. It also aims to promote world understanding and peace through the international organisation of service and social clubs. Interact clubs are usually sponsored and mentored by Rotary Clubs but are self-governing and self-supporting.
Chair:    Salwan Shahine - Doncaster                
Interact Clubs in D9810 are;
Interact Club
Sponsored by
Monash Science School
Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
John Barnes
McKinnon SC
Bentleigh Moorabbin Central  
Julie Reid
Doncaster SC
David Rosenwax
East Doncaster SC
Daryl Brown
Koonung SC
Mont Albert and Surrey Hills   
Joe Somers and Nigel Cooper
Ashwood SC
Sue Cornelissen
Rowville SC
Jeff Somers
Wheelers Hill SC
Glen Waverley
Chris Cameron
Fairhills SC
Ferntree Gully
Paul Wilson
Scoresby SC
Darren Hill
Noble Park Dingley
Kylie Rose
Presbyterian Ladies College
Box Hill Burwood
Ray McLeod-Dryden
Lilydale Heights
Ann Wheeler
Mt. Waverley SC                     
Mt. Waverley                      
Geoff Logie-Smith
Carwatha College                            
Geoff Gray
St. Margaret’s School Berwick
Berwick  and Emerald & District
Catherine Elfick             
Kingswood College
Box Hill Burwood
Ray McLeod-Dryden

c.  Rotaract

Rotaract Clubs offer 18-30 year-olds opportunities for personal growth through service. The Rotaract motto is “Help, learn, enjoy”: members help those in need; learn through professional development opportunities; and enjoy social activities. There are opportunities for Club Service, Community Service, International Service and Professional/Personal Development. Rotaract clubs work closely with their sponsoring Rotary Clubs.
For more information go to Rotaract tab in this website

2.  Allied Youth Projects

a. Dolly Parton Imagination Library

A club project to introduce this exceptional early childhood initiative for babies and children up to 5 years. As the community partner, Rotary clubs can nominate a distribution area and number of children they wish to fund. Then, a community project is created to enrol parents and child(ren). The registered children will receive a quality book (from Penguin Australia) mailed monthly through our partner United Way Australia.
Books in the home and shared reading experiences support early literacy – and are critical indicators of later educational success.
Contact: Barrie Vickers Bayswater or John Williams Noble Park

b.  Schools ANZAC Day Commemoration

ANZAC Commemoration Service for Schools is a club project which promotes an event in the week leading up to ANZAC DAY for schools to come together to commemorate the Anzac tradition.  A proposed format and organisational details can be provided. The project presents excellent opportunities to work in partnership with the local municipal council, RSL, Federal and State representatives and develops ongoing relationships with schools and businesses.
Contact:  Keith Anderson   Templestowe or   Lance Deveson   Boronia

3.  Non Residential Programs

a. Primary School Speech Contest

A club project which encourages year 5 and 6 primary school students to develop public speaking skills and raises awareness of Rotary’s work in the community.
Contact:               Marlene Sinclair               Croydon & Montrose

b. 4 Way Test Speech Contest

A club project which promotes public speaking in a competition for Year 10 students on the topic of Rotary’s 4- Way Test, supported by sponsoring Rotary Clubs working in partnership with their local schools and Toastmasters International. Benefits to participating students include exposure to the ideals and ethical values of Rotary, proficiency in the art of public speaking and confidence and self-esteem gained from presenting to large audiences.
Contact:               Marlene Sinclair               Croydon & Montrose

c. Science Experience

The Science Experience is a two to three-day program for Year 9 students interested in science.  It is  conducted over the school holidays in January by the Australian Science Industry Association in conjunction with participating universities.  There are no specific selection criteria and to enrol students need only follow the application process as outlined on the website.  The Science Experience organisation was founded by Rotary and is endorsed by Rotary District 9810.  All enquiries should be directed through the website.  Rotary clubs can contact the Youth Services chair for further information.   

d. Model United Nations Assembly [MUNA]

A program to encourage young people in Year 11 to learn about other nations and to understand, as well as appreciate, the workings of the United Nations (UN). They also develop debating skills and gain confidence in public speaking.  This project is currently suspended until a full committee can be appointed.
Chair:    TBA
  • Glenys Grant   Forest Hill
  • Ian Button   Chelsea.

4. Residential Programs

a. Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment [RYPEN]

RYPEN is a 2.5 day residential experience, where participants are involved in a variety of sessions, workshops and activities, which provide an opportunity for them to develop personally, challenge themselves, build friendships with like-minded people, and build life skills.  This project is currently suspended until a full committee can be appointed.
Chair: Diane Fisher – Templestowe
  • Elizabeth Oscar   Glen Waverley

b. National Youth Science Forum [NYSF]

A program to provide Year 11 students with the opportunity to test-drive careers in science, engineering, and related disciplines. The Forum is designed to engender a greater knowledge and passion for sciences as well as improving each student’s personal development, their perception, communication and organisational skills and provides valuable contacts, friendships, and mentors. Open to applicants about to enter the final year of secondary education who have demonstrated an outstanding interest in science and technology.  The NYSF organisation is independent from Rotary.  This is a club project not supported by Rotary District 9810.     

c. Rotary Youth Leadership Award [RYLA]

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RYLA program will be held in January 2022. Enquiries are welcome

An intensive six-day training program for young people aged 18 to 30. Participants have been nominated by local Rotary Clubs based on their community youth leadership potential.
The program covers the fundamentals and ethics of positive leadership; communication skills; problem-solving and conflict management; building self confidence and self-esteem.
It also promotes Rotary’s purpose and service to the community, as well as the elements of community and global citizenship. District 9810is offering RYLA jointly with Rotary District 9820.
D9810 Chair: Les Marton - Box Hill Burwood                 District 9820 Chair: Nigel Cousins - Frankston Peninsula
  • Trish Carr   Box Hill Burwood
  • Malcolm Chiverton   Box Hill Central
  • Trish Condon   Lilydale
  • Ann Cousins   Frankston Peninsula
  • Grevis Reid   Frankston Peninsula
  • Linda Ferrari   Mount Martha
  • Rex Carter   Noble Park Dingley
  • Lucy Shao   Monash Rotaract
  • Robert Cook   Peninsula Rotaract

d. Youth Exchange Program

This program provides secondary school students aged 15 to 17, with the opportunity to live and study abroad with host families for one academic year, to learn a new language, a new way of living and a great deal about themselves. Sponsored by a Rotary Club, exchange students are part of the ambassadorial team of Rotary International promoting international goodwill, peace and understanding.  Youth exchange program is not operating while overseas travel restrictions are in place. Suspended by RI for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.
Chair:    Tim Bray     Bayswater                
  • Barrie Vickers    Bayswater
  • Wally Spinks   Manningham
  • Bronwen Lamond   Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
  • Colleen Rooth    Glen Waverley
  • District Governor’s Representative:  Malcolm Chiverton   Box Hill Central
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