Issue 32
27th March 2024
Join our dinner meeting most Wednesdays at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park, Beaconsfield, Victoria, Australia 

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

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Welcome to our vibrant and relaxed Rotary Club, where community spirit thrives alongside a sense of ease and camaraderie. Picture a place where laughter mingles with purpose and friendships are forged through shared experiences and meaningful endeavours.
There's no pressure, no formalities – just genuine connections and a welcoming environment that encourages you to be yourself. Our meetings are lively yet relaxed, filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute according to your interests and strengths. Be a part of something special, where every member is empowered to make a meaningful impact.

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A take of the week from President Dave
Thanks to those Rotarians & guests who came along Wednesday night to hear about how the City of Casey is taking the Multiculturalism very seriously. We were very fortunate to Have Sadia Ali share her story as well as the broader demography in which we serve and operate.
The level of engagement was terrific and we heard from each table group about the things that we do and could improve to make this club more culturally diverse, something that I believe we need to pay attention to.
A few key dates coming up are:
Wednesday 1 May & Thursday 2 May – Mock Interviews at Nossall High School…Di Scheepers has again put her energy into making this event happen and we still have capacity available. If you want to positively impact someone’s life and you can give of yourself between 9.30 am to 10.45 am &/or 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on either or both days please inform di via a quick note at di.scheepers@gmail.com
Presentation Balls Practice sessions – If you can help out please let me know your availability
Practice times
Practice times
Monday 15th April
Berwick College (Leisure Centre)
3.30 - 4.30
4.40 - 5.40
Monday 22nd April
Berwick College (Leisure Centre)
3.30 - 4.30
4.40 - 5.40
Monday 29th April
Berwick College (Leisure Centre)
3.30 - 4.30
4.40 - 5.40
Monday 6 th May
Berwick College (Leisure Centre)
Tuesday 7th May
The Grand - Wantirna Sth
4.00 - 5.30
Wednesday 8th May
The Grand - Wantirna Sth
4.00 - 5.30
Monday 13th May
Berwick College (Leisure Centre)
3.30 - 4.30
4.40 - 5.40
Rotarians attending Presentation Balls
Here’s what we have so far, spots are filling quickly. If you want to attend, shoot me a note.
Next Week’s meeting – I have to say that I’m a little nervous about numbers, given the proximity to Easter and School Holidays. I already know that quite a few will be away.
What I’m asking is that you confirm early if you can make it so we can plan with confidence. Michelle is creating an interesting program and we want to be nimble if we have to.
Lastly, I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Easter break and I hope that you spend it with people that matter to you and if you’re on the roads, please take care.
Celebrate Interact
What is our Club doing to support youth in our area? Are our members getting involved to guide and develop our young community leaders?
Our Club has sponsored both a Rotaract and Interact Club. Now is an excellent time for more members to get involved and support these clubs by using our skills and connections to guide and create confidence in young people who want to do something great in their community. Please get in touch with Di Scheepers if you would like to be involved.
In 1962 Rotary created Interact, a program for young people 12-18 years old. Since then, Interact has grown to more than 15,000 clubs in 142 countries. Interact members volunteer in their communities, make international connections, and develop leadership skills while making new friends. Interact allows young people to make a real difference, but it takes the help of the supporting Rotary Club to guide and mentor potential leaders so that meaningful outcomes are achieved.
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues they care most about in their community. Through Interact, you can:
  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Have fun!

EarlyAct is not an official Rotary International program yet. However, this does not stop an elementary school from starting an EarlyAct Club for anyone under the age of 12. The District will produce the appropriate documents. All requirements for an EarlyAct charter are the same as for an Interact Club.

How does an Interact/EarlyAct club create positive change?

Every Interact or EarlyAct club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Service projects are an effective way for you to take action at home and abroad, connect with other young leaders, and get members excited about your club. You can find ideas and tips for successful projects in the Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors and Advisers. Check Downloads at the top left.

Rotary Community Leader opportunity
A key objective of the Regionalisation Pilot Project is to create more significant opportunities for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to work together better to positively impact the community and create larger-scale partnerships with the government, large corporations, other NGOs, and
stakeholders across Zone 8.

The regional model includes a new way of grouping clubs, with each group of clubs referred to as a ‘Rotary Community Group’. These Communities will be based on what clubs have in common, such as geography, identity, interest or language. Clubs will work with each other to create their own Communities and elect their own Rotary Community Leader.
The Rotary Community Leader (RCL) will lead Club engagement on behalf of the Regional Council to support Clubs fulfilling their purpose of providing service to others and promoting peace and goodwill in local, regional, and international communities. 
With no formal authority, the RCL will inspire and mentor Clubs in their Rotary Community Group to expand their community impact, increase the satisfaction of their members, and grow their Clubs. The RCL will coach club leaders and facilitate access to advice and guidance from Rotary International, the Regional Council, Portfolio Leads, and the Rotary Specialist Network.
Key Responsibilities
1. Facilitate collaboration among Clubs in the Rotary Community Group (RCG) and across other RCGs as appropriate to set and achieve the RCG’s goals.
2. Inspire and mentor Clubs within the RCG. The RCL will use their experience and skills to guide the Clubs to achieve their goals, including contributing to the Community Group’s goals. Community impact (including through bigger scale partnerships), public image, member experience, and membership growth (through Club growth and new Clubs) are priorities.
3. Provide advice and guidance when Clubs seek it and connect Clubs to the most appropriate specialists as required in the Regional Council Portfolios, Rotary Specialist Network, Rotary International, or external partners.
4. Collaborate with the relevant District Governors to enable a smooth transition to the piloted Regionalisation model, focusing on unified support for Clubs and members.
5. Work collaboratively with other Rotary Community Leaders to ensure effective leadership across the Oceania Region. Be aware of the issues and challenges that Rotary likely faces across Zone 8, including the many cultural and linguistic communities in the Zone 8 Region.
6. Develop suggestions for the Rotary Communities Nominee on the Regional Council on any support to Clubs, process improvements or knowledge enhancement opportunities for Club members.
7. Contribute as required to the monitoring and evaluation of the Regionalisation Pilot with respect to the RCGs and RCLs.
DG Linda is available to discuss your application. She can be contacted on 0417 300 335. This will be an exciting opportunity to help shape our new District. The date for submission is 5pm next Wednesday, 2nd April.
District Conference 2025
Last weekend DGE Colin announced his coming Conference to the D9810 Rotarians. We didn’t have a Conference in D9820 and Colin is keen for as many of you and your Clubs as possible, to receive an invitation to attend our first Conference.
With 2000 Rotarians from 80 odd Clubs vying for attendance at the Conference, the competition for accommodation is going to be fierce!!!!
Why? Because we will be creating history at the inaugural D9815 Conference.
When? 28th – 30th March 2025.
Where? The Red Energy Arena in the beautiful City of Bendigo.
What? 2 days of speakers, activities, Rotary Expo and a themed Gala Dinner.
(D9810 has a long history of dressing up on these occasions. This will be our first opportunity to come up with ideas at each Club and vie for the first Best Dressed trophy of our new District.)
Why? Because we are better together and “We Belong
More details will follow at the District Assembly in May and the official Conference launch later this year.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is the primary funding source for Rotary’s humanitarian activities. Its mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through improving health, supporting education, and alleviating poverty.
In 1917, the seeds of the Foundation were planted with a call to action to ‘do good in the world’ from Rotary President Arch Klumph called the Father of the Foundation. This led to the creation of an Endowment Fund, with the proceeds from that Rotary Convention amounting to US$26.50 being the first contribution.
The 1928 Convention changed the name of the Endowment Fund to ‘The Rotary Foundation’, enlarged its scope and established a five-member Trustee Board with Arch Klumph as the first Trustee Chair. The Foundation’s early activities focused on promoting understanding, goodwill and peace. Essay contests for secondary school children on peace-related topics were organised. The first Foundation program was the Graduate Study Scholarships of 1947.
In the 1960s, Rotary focused on reducing tensions of the Cold War by bringing peoples of different cultures and beliefs together.
In 1964 the Trustees approved the Special Grants program (Matching Grants) to provide funds for districts and clubs for projects that furthered international understanding.
In 1970s, they looked for ways to inspire large international projects to mark Rotary’s 75th Anniversary in 1980 and thus was created the Health, Hunger & Humanity (3-H) program and 1st grant was US$ 760,000 for the multi-year immunization project in Philippines.
In the mid-1980s, a 3-year fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising US$ 120 million from Rotarians for eradicating polio, was launched. The campaign raised US$ 247 million and this was the beginning of the PolioPlus program.
The Rotary Centers for International Studies was launched in 1999 and the inaugural peace fellows were enrolled in 2002.
In 2010 to 2013 the Future Vision Plan was successfully piloted and was rolled out worldwide.  The plan only provides Global and District grants.
The ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’ initiative (currently our Centurion Club) asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year. In addition to contributing to the Annual Fund on a regular basis, members are encouraged to get involved in a Foundation project or program. Contributions are Tax deductible via Australian Rotary Foundation Trust. Recurrent direct debit bank arrangement is recommended but Rotarians may also opt to pay by cheque or Credit Card. Payment may be annual or in instalments.
All donations from our district will be invested for 3 years, and then 50% will be returned to the district as District Designated Fund (DDF) for local and global project initiatives.
Every Rotarian in the district is encouraged to be a regular donor through EREY (Centurion Club) to ensure sufficient DDF returns to the district to benefit all our clubs. Please contact PP Jack Kraan or Secretary Gus Dominguez to find out how to be part of this important program.
Happy Easter


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Jeanette Blackwood
March 2
Jane Moore
March 4
Sharmaine Squire
March 5
Michele Somers
March 9
Di Scheepers
March 10
David Nutter
March 13
Terry Pollock
April 5
Gus Dominguez
April 19
Fred Edwards
April 25
Garry Cooper
April 26
Jennifer Marshall
April 30
Spouse Birthdays
Wendy Boon
March 1
Jane Moore
March 4
Rosaleen French
March 4
March 7
Ann Kraan
March 13
Warren Lukey
March 18
Cynthia Merrill
April 1
Pat Wingrave
April 7
Carol Evans
April 23
Steven Marshall
April 24
Join Date
Marta Faithfull
March 4, 2014
10 years
Louise Carter
March 12, 2019
5 years
Louise Jackel
March 12, 2019
5 years
Mark Caulfield
March 16, 2000
24 years
Di Scheepers
April 12, 2017
7 years
Rob Wingrave
April 17, 2003
21 years
Di Double
April 26, 2007
17 years
Trevor Watson
April 27, 2022
2 years
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