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DG Weekly Message RC of Melbourne, Tullamarine Rotaract, RoCan Bike Riders to Conference, Pets in the Park Malvern, Rypen & SE Region Multi District Ambassadorial Scholars & Peace Fellows Orientation Day... D9800 is a busy and active District! The GSE Team visited the RC of Melbourne (Oldest Club in Australia) on 23 March and met the Governor David de Kretser.

Iven Mackay and Marilyn District Governor 2010-2011

Conference left from the Royal Yacht Club, Williamstown, on their 1000km ride, for the benefit of RoCan to our Conference in Adelaide. We wish them a safe and happy trip. RC of Chadstone East Malvern & Malvern each participated in different ways at Pets in the Park, held at Central Park, East Malvern, on Saturday 26 March. A very successful day for all concerned.

GSE Team with the Governor & D9800 DG

Well done Tullamarine Rotaract with 5 inductions on 23 March. I was also fortunate enough to hear a presentation by Rotaractor Tanayah, on the outstanding work done by 3 of its members raising $8k (Tan, President Caterina & DRR Grant) constructing a water tank in Cambodia. At 8-00am on Saturday 26 March, the Riders to

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The District and RC of Toorak, with Brighton Beach and the Conference Committee are on their way to Adelaide to prepare for our 79th District Conference which starts on Thursday night. May we wish you all a safe and happy trip west and we look forward to seeing you there. Thank you very much to all those that are unable to join us but have sent messages of support....much appreciated.

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DG Weekly Message


VECCI Business Tip


Rotarians Respond to Japan


District Governor Nominee


GSE News


Global Grants


Macedon Races and Fun Run


Rochester Cleanup


Notice & Events

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DG WEEKLY MESSAGE CONTINUED... NEWS.....Congratulations to District Director Community Service Ross Butterworth and Annette, two very committed Rotarians. Ross was successful at the nominating Committee interviews for DG held on Sunday at International House, for DG in 2013-2014. Well done Ross who is from the RC of Melton Valley and he becomes DGN Designate. In BUILDING COMMUNITIES BRIDGING CONTINENTS, Y’all have a great week, DG Iven

PHOTOS Row 1 - Tullamarine Rotaract induct 5, District Conference Chair Alan Freedman sold 40 raffle tickets for “End Polio Now”, and the opportunity to win a beautiful Audi vehicle, from Audi Penfold Burwood, Youth Exchange Student Anders (Norway) helping out, Row 2 - VIP rider Crackers Keenan at the morning briefing ....yes he is big!!, RC of Malvern hard at work, Rypen Saturday night Club dinner with RC of Keilor East, Row 3 - Youth Exchange Students Riders Raul (Brazil) & Adrian (Germany), SE Region Multi District Ambassadorial Scholars & Peace Fellows Orientation Day.

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How to get work done faster VECCI BUSINESS TIP Learning how to perform menial or repetitive tasks fast helps free up time for projects you want to focus more energy on. These tips will show you ways to improve productivity and the quality of your work by achieving more in a smaller amount of time. Organise your workspace Having an organised physical environment means it’s easier to find things and you won’t waste precious minutes chasing after a document you desperately need. Our surroundings also affect our thinking. If a space is chaotic, our thinking will be cluttered too. This is the same for in the home and office. It is easier to concentrate and stay calm when the environment you are in is uncluttered and organised. Plan your time Determine your goals. This will make it easier to set work priorities and decide which activities are the best use of your time and energy. You’ll also be able to identify milestones and celebrate achievements. This is very motivating and can propel you to accomplish even more. Do similar tasks at the same time Take advantage of the momentum you gain when working continuously on similar tasks, one after another. For example, set aside one hour to answer emails, instead of flitting in and out of your email software. Take frequent breaks Productivity and effectiveness diminish the longer we work uninterrupted and breaks keep energy levels high.

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Breaks also include holidays. Holidays recharge our batteries and bring fresh ideas. Cooperate with your personal style & body clock Know how you work best, under what circumstances and at what hours of the day and work around that. Knowing your limitations in terms of what times you do your best work will help you achieve tasks much faster. Eliminate distractions Distractions break our concentration, lead us down rabbit holes and before you know it, the day is over and your to-do list is just as long as when you started. Before starting your work, make sure you’ve minimised all possible distractions. Turn off email and social networking notifications, turn on your answering machine, and get that glass of water. Use tools and apps that reduce distractions. Harness the power of music Studies have shown that college students in the US are better at solving maths problems while listening to Mozart’s music. Other studies have shown that workers have increased productivity while listening to music. Stress hormone levels were also drastically reduced. And it’s not just classical that works – rock music has also been shown to have beneficial effects. So have a pair of headphones handy at work for the next time you need to get work done faster. © VECCI 2010 For further information, please click here: This article is sourced from VECCI’s weekly RADAR newsletter, which circulates to approximately 40,000 unique email addresses. Subscribe to RADAR for free, please click here.

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A Focus to Increase Women in Rotary Marketing Tip Recapping the discussion: • Rotary needs to become relevant in today’s society • (so we do not loose anymore Holden sponsorships!) • Men & Women Dynamic Duo (women in management positions companies experience 35% increase in return) • International Volunteerism – women are increasing and men decreasing (so why not go with the flow!)

An example cited:

And HOW do you attract more women into your club?

It is really important that we submerge Rotary into our whole vibrant community and make it not only significant but also pertinent in our society.

District Strategies, such as: • Articles will be appearing in all Rotary magazines, & on- line publications • National Task Force will be established – • to help overcome the many hurdles Clubs face Club Strategies such as: • Adopt a Women Sensitive Project • Use appropriate language

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Women’s Refuge project invite a female peer and then invite her to dinner with an interesting speaker. As opposed to a sausage sizzle and then to a meeting with a speaker. Women like projects they can associate with, initially, and they have an overload of meetings but dinner, lunch or breakfast – always a winner!

If anyone would like me to do the presentation at their Club or a workshop with their Membership team , I would be pleased to do so. Email :

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Rotarians respond to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Rotary International and we are hopeful that we can get over the various difficulties soon.”

Rotarians have been finding a number of ways to help victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan that killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands more homeless. In response to the disasters, The Rotary Foundation established the Rotary Japan Disaster Recovery Fund , which will support long-term recovery projects in the affected areas. More than US$500,000 has been donated since the fund opened on 11 March. “It is encouraging to know that our overseas Rotary friends care about us,” says Yuzaburo Mogi, president of the Rotary Club of Tokyo. “I am confident that the people of Japan will overcome this great disaster,

District governors in Japan are running a fundraising campaign to send money to the governors in affected areas. Mogi says that Rotarians who wish to help Japan should contribute to the Foundation’s recovery fund. The first Matching Grant project to receive support from the fund was approved a week after the disaster. Clubs in districts 3350 (Cambodia and Thailand) and 2820 (Japan) are using a total of $65,650 to help provide food and drinking water for 15,000 people at an evacuation center in Ibaraki. Read about other responses and how Alumni of Rotary Foundation programs are also supporting Japan’s recovery: News/Pages/110325_news_response.aspx

District Governor Nominee Our District Governor Nominee (Designate), to serve as our District Governor in 20132014, is PP Ross Butterworth, nominated by the Rotary Club of Melton Valley. The D9800 District Governor Nominating Committee met at International House on Sunday 27th March 2011 and confirmed the nomination of PP Ross Butterworth from the Rotary Club of Melton Valley as District Governor 2013-14. We congratulate PP Ross and Annette on their selection.

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GSE News Group Study Exchange Chairman Adrian Nelson has sent us two lovely photos of the GSE team at the Rotary Club of Melbourne.

Team member John Buol exchanging a club banner with Melbourne RC President Philip Endersbee.

The GSE team with the State Governor David de Krester A.C. and DG Iven Mackay and Adrian Nelson.

PDG DAVID LINNEY WILLS AM, KSJ 26.9.1922 -16.3.2011 David Wills, the oldest and longest serving member of the Rotary Club of Williamstown, and without doubt its most distinguished member, passed away on Wednesday 16 March. As well as being a Rotarian, David was an enthusiastic member of numerous professional and community organizations. He served them all with great commitment and distinction. His many achievements were acknowledged by the nation when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. In 1987, for his services to Rotary, David was made a Paul Harris Fellow. PDG David Wills’ Obituary can be read here:

David Wills’ Obituary

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Global Grant The Rotary Club of Durban Bay reports on the first Global Grant under the Future Vision Plan in District 9270. One should never underestimate the value of any project. Richard Groom, a member of IFCR Australia and a member of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn D9800 started an Art Exchange project between primary schools in Hawthorn and Ekuthuleni PS through our Rotary Club. When Richard visited Durban during the 6th World Rotary Cricket Festival in March 2010 we took him along to Ekuthuleni PS. We discussed one of the pressing needs of the school – decent, clean, working, hygienic toilets. So the seeds were sown that eventually led to the excellent toilet facilities that were completed this month. We also had financial support from the Rotary Club of Balwyn Australia and Albaraka Bank and the building operations were expertly undertaken by Project Build. Here we would like to thank CEO Suzanne Edmunds, Pradeep Boodoo and Glen Common for the part they played at various stages. But this is only the start – for a successful Global Grant there needs to be sustainability and a measure of improvement; Hychem will be doing hygiene training and Q-Pro will be doing monthly bacterial counts for the coming year. The school will be tracking health related absenteeism as well as learning results and it is hoped that there will be an improvement. In the past some fee paying parents have been put off by the poor quality of the toilets and this aspect will also be tracked when next years grade 1 enrolment takes place. Rotary Club of Durban Bay, take a bow. The Foundation Global grant 25206 between the Rotary Clubs of Hawthorn and Durban Bay in South Africa was US$44,000. The new toilet block at Ekuthuleni Primary School and the plaques that are attached in recognition of the sponsors and builders.

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Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge and Fun Run B

icycle riding and running are the fastest growing and most popular recreational sports in Australia today. On the 1st of May in the Macedon Ranges region, hundreds of bike riders and runners will be drawn to the Ventou Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge and Fun Run to have a great day and raise funds for charity. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease of the nervous system affecting an estimated 18,000 Australians. Four years ago the Rotary Club of Gisborne held the first Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge to raise funds for the Club’s MS Awareness project and for other community and charitable work conducted by club members. Since then, the event has become well known on the cycling calendar and has raised thousands of dollars, all of which has been poured back into worthwhile projects to benefit various communities. This year, Rotary has teamed up with the Gisborne Running Club to include a 7 km fun run starting and finishing at New Gisborne. Cyclists will have three route options: 40km, 75 km and 130 km, with the ride taking in the iconic scenery of the Macedon Ranges from Gisborne to Daylesford and Kyneton, past Hanging Rock and over Mount Macedon, enabling participants to appreciate the splendour of the region. Philip Kudnig, President of Gisborne Rotary Club, says the day is an ideal opportunity for locals and visitors alike to get fit and have fun while raising money for very worthy causes. “All administration costs are covered by sponsors or volunteers. Everything the club makes from riders and runners will find its way into local and international projects the club supports, such as the SES and CFA; the Bushfire, Drought and Flood Appeals; combating Malaria in PNG/Solomons/East Timor; and funding research to help find a cure for MS. These are just some of the valuable things we are doing to help people in need”, he said. The event’s principal sponsor, Ventou Garment Technology, will have specially-made rider jerseys and running singlets made from high-tech material available for participants to purchase on the day as a memento of the event. Entries are $75 for riders and $35 for runners, with early-bird rates of $65 and $30 up until 22 March. Early entries get a personalised professionally manufactured identification bib to wear on the day and take home as a keepsake. For further information, please contact: Barry Wills, event promotions officer – Rotary Club of Gisborne, Tel 0408 284 510. Riders and runners can get more information and enter on-line at

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Polio - The Disease Health Tip Polio can be prevented with immunisation. All children and adults should receive the vaccine. If you are not immunised, you could contract polio if your food, water or hands are contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. Serious side effects or allergic reactions to the vaccine are rare. If you are concerned about your reaction or your child’s reaction to any vaccine, see your doctor immediately. Immunisation can prevent polio becoming widespread: the first new case of polio in Australia since 1986 was reported in July 2007. Prior to this, the entire western Pacific region, including Australia, had been declared polio-free since 2000. New cases of polio in Australia are rare, but the disease remains a health risk for travellers to some countries of the world. If Australian children and adults are not immunised, polio could again become a problem. In Victoria, the polio vaccine is combined with vaccines for other diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).

“Since then, Rotary has led the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, side by side with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. More than two billion children have been immunized. More than five million children who otherwise would have been paralyzed are walking. There are now only four countries that are still polio endemic. Rotary’s vision of a polio-free world is in sharp focus.”

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed More at: now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. polioplus210106.htm “When Rotary International launched PolioPlus in 1985, more than 125 countries were still polio endemic, and at least a thousand children were paralyzed every day,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Rotary’s 2009 Convention.

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Rochester Cleanup District Clubs continue to support fellow member clubs and their communities following the infamous January 15th floods in Northern Victoria. The support given to the Rotary Club of Rochester to assist the townspeople and District has been continuous and beyond belief, as clubs rally to assist the community surrounding the town of Rochester. The Rotary Clubs of Camberwell and Melbourne Park combined a weekend of toil with fellowship, to help continue clean-up in the district. Two teams of very willing volunteers worked their way through a list of farms, clearing debris, standing up fences to secure properties as well as improving access to the walking trial/reserve adjacent to the infamous Campaspe River. With numbers in excess of two hundred volunteers working at various times, along with over $65 thousand dollars given out for those in need, the work/value of Rotary in the community can be nothing but everlasting. A big thank you to all clubs, members and friends for the work, support in activities, and functions to secure funds for this and other likewise appeals. They have been involved in a variety of tasks ranging from shifting furniture, cleaning floors, rubbish removal, and fence rebuilding. If you need it done, we will get it done.

Bryan Griffiths RC Rochester

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Notices & Events Camberwell Rotary Art Show 13 April, 2011

Masked Twilight Tea Dance 16 April, 2011

Meet the stallholders, selling an amazing array of gourmet treats, ecoaware clothing or pencils made from tightly rolled recycled newspaper. Read More

Music from “The Keynotes” live band. Etertainment from “Zumba with Ange”. Read More

NEW Multicultural and Contemporary Dance Concert 17 April, 2011

Rotary Club of Footscray Annual Golf Day 18 April, 2011

NEW Annual Past Runners’ Breakfast 20 April, 2011

Join us for a day of fun and friendship at Medway Golf Club. Read More

The annual Past Runner’s Breakfast is conducted every year in the week leading up to the Stawell Easter Gift carnival. Read More

NEW Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge and Fun Run 1 May, 2011

Preventing Kid’s Cancer 6 May, 2011

The Concert will showcase a broad spectrum of dance styles to promote dance as a professional occupation, for well-being, social recreational opportunities and multicultural connections. Read more

Improving Men’s Mental Health: Carlton Rotary Special Event 30 April, 2011 Professor Patrick McGorry will be speaking about the topic at The Melbourne Savage Club. Drinks are included in the cost. Read More

Making a Difference - Annual Dinner for Brighton North 6 May, 2011 Join us for a spirited evening to help support this vital research so that all children can enjoy childhood without experiencing the trauma of cancer. Read More

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Hundreds of bike riders and runners will be drawn to the Ventou Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge and Fun Run to have a great day and raise funds for charity. Read More

Cafe International 7 May, 2011 Meet the stallholders, selling an amazing array of gourmet treats, ecoaware clothing or pencils made from tightly rolled recycled newspaper. Read More

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Murrumbeena Community Market 16 April, 2011 Meet the stallholders, selling an amazing array of gourmet treats, ecoaware clothing or pencils made from tightly rolled recycled newspaper. Learn how to make an Oragami Crane. Read More

Major Fundraising Dinner at the Brighton North Rotary Club. Live music and great food in support of kid’s living with cancer. Read More

NEW Pie and Port Night 7 May, 2011 An ideal way to spend a weekend in northern Victoria supporting and visiting fellow members and friends, come along on Saturday evening to the Rochester Fire Station function room and enjoy country hospitality. Read More

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