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he month of November has come and gone, with District Clubs giving excellent support to events to raise money for my wife, Marg’s project. The Rotary Club of Diamond Creek night was a most enjoyable event, for all who attended. I must say that I have used a lot of 50 plus sunscreen since that evening and do agree that most of us looked younger with less facial hair. Both Marg and I thank everyone for their support, and I had a fun time being a part of the great shave. At the end of November, all but one of the D.G.'s club visits have been completed. What an enjoyable part of any District Governor’s year, meeting with Club’s Boards and making many new friends, and experiencing Rotary in many different ways. The fact that we, as Rotarians, do not do as many makeups at neighboring Clubs, due to relaxed attendance requirement, we have to a degree, lost the art of sharing rotary ideas. I have visited sixty-three clubs, to date, and each club does rotary in their unique way. We need to find more avenues to share ideas, projects, and dreams, so Rotary is taken to the next level. The health of our clubs and members will be significantly enhanced, and the future of Rotary will be there for everyone to enjoy and be a part off. Thank you to AGs, Club President and members who have been a part of the organisation, and preparation of my club visits.

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I have enjoyed every minute, seeing our District Making a Difference but most of all renewing old and making new Rotary friends. Membership is every Rotarian's responsibility. We have District and Club membership Chairs, but without the help of all members, their job is close to impossible. Imagine if we all introduced one new member to Rotary this year, the result would be incredible. There would be much written about this Australian Rotary District that had doubled their membership; I would love to be the District Governor of that District. So why not share Rotary with a friend, family member or neighbours, grow our membership in a way that will make a difference. As we head towards Christmas and the New Year, please prepare well, travel carefully, enjoy the time with family and friends. Enjoy the food and wine and the relaxing moments, as we all recharge the batteries for more enjoyable times in Rotary during the months ahead.

Bernie Bott DG.

PS. Watch out for

mid-December newsletter for some exciting Conference news.

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DG’s No Bull


Movember antics


Bernie’s Booze


ANZ AC Centenary Tribute Show Receives Community Support


Conference Speaker : Priscilla Rogers PhD


High Tea


Shepparton Central Rotary Club Raffle for Umoj a Orphanage K enya


Vale Franco Robles


Under the Spotlight PDG Peter Gilbert


The Fun in Fundraising

On the cover : High Tea Ally is a RSL Youth Volunteer and a year 12 student at Notre Dame College in Shepparton. She wore the “Poppy Dress” which was designed by bridal couture, Helen Manuell, of Manuell and Moore at a recent fundraising event. The handmade dress has 2000 poppies attached to it. Story page 6

WhatIsRotary D9790 is the official monthly publication of Rotary International District 9790 Inc. Publisher : Editor: Greg Adams Art Director: Greg Adams Advertising: Greg Adams Chief Cook and bottle washer : Greg as well Editorial: send to (please) Closing date is by the 28th of each month. Note: The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the District or its members.

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ino Maraone from Hurstbridge Hair Design kindly donated his time and expertise to put Rotarians Martin Sadle, Arthur Lewin, PP Steve Crosling ,PP Peter Marriage PDG Rob Lloyd and DG Bernie Bott under the razor . Many said they looked ‘younger’ ( Maybe it was Charlie) $3,000 was raised for the DG’s Partners Project

Both dementia and prostate cancer have had a large effect on both DG Bernie and his wife Marg and Bernie’s extended families Please support the Dementia Foundation and Movember for cancer

Currently, you are reading what? The weekly rural press. Are you a dog or a cat person? A dog. "Man's best December 2017 Page 4 friend".

Bernie’s Cellar Wine: Clonakilla - Hilltops Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2012 Alcohol: 13.0% Cellar: 5 – 10 years Region: Hilltops (Southern NSW)Price: $28 - $30 A lovely wine. Tim Kirk’s vineyard had the good fortune (foresight) to harvest the grapes a day before a serious 200 mm rain event. The bulk of the grapes were perfectly ripe. The wine marks a return to the dark fruit flavours that are the Hilltops’ signature. It would benefit from five to ten years in the cellar. The tannins are ripe, the fruit juicy, the finish long and savoury. Superb .

Wine: Saltram - Pepperjack Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage: 2016 Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 10+ years Region: Barossa Price: $18 - $23 Pepperjack Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon parcels sourced from premium vineyards throughout the Barossa. The wine offers bright red and blue berry fruit flavours and fine chalky tannins. The fruit is fermented for up to 14 days, then aged for 12 months in a mix of French and American oak

Wine: Brands Laira – The Clipper Grape(s): Cabernet SauvignonVintage: 2011 Alcohol: 13.5% Cellar: 3 - 5 years Region: Coonawarra Price: $20 - $25 This complex and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon delivers trademark Coonawarra characters of blackcurrant, cassis and notes of cedar and tobacco leaf. Firm, yet balanced tannins finish off another value offering from the award winning Brand's Laira winery.

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ANZAC Centenary Tribute Show Receives Community Support


oncert-goers were taken back to World War 1 on Sunday November 19, when the Rotary Club of Seymour and Seymour RSL Club put on an ANZAC Centenary Tribute Show at the local Community Arts Centre. With just over 100 tickets sold, guests enjoyed songs from the Sunbury Choral Society, which provided wonderful insight into the war era and spirit of ANZAC. Along with this, raffle tickets were sold on the night, bringing the total funds raised to $3,928. Event Organisers Tony Lee, President of the Seymour RSL Sub-Branch and Past President and Member of the Rotary Club of Seymour, Ruth Byers, said the money will go towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder research through a combined Australian Rotary Health and RSL initiative. “The songs of the era were beautifully sung, so all in all a great event which allowed our club

to raise a significant amount of money to send to the ARH – RSL PTSD initiative,” Ruth said. Since 2015, the program has supported two PhD scholarships focusing on PTSD. For the latest update on the PTSD program, click here

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Can you or your Rotary Club really make a difference?


ometimes we can make a real difference to a person’s life; a little support at the right moment can have effects we never dreamed of or perhaps even thought possible. Here is a story about a young country girl, from a single parent home and low socio-economic background, who got a hand-up from Rotary. In Year 10 at Yarrawonga High School, a 15 YO Priscilla Jones was selected by the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala as a Rotary Exchange student. Priscilla Rogers PhD will speak at the District 9790 conference in March. Her official Biography reads Priscilla Rogers Vice President Wintermute Biomedical

Priscilla believes technology innovation in the health sector can significantly improve patient lives. For this reason, she has focussed her career in the research, development and translation of technologies to the health sector, both in a corporate and start-up setting. Priscilla is currently Vice President at Wintermute Biomedical, a US biopharmaceutical company developing a next-generation antibiotic to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In addition to this, she is an advisor to DoseMe; a world first precision medication dosing software platform. For multiple years prior, Priscilla was leading the Cognitive Health & Life Sciences portfolio at IBM Research - Australia, and was co-owner of a medical device company, which was recently acquired by a global medical device company. Priscilla’s passion for health and life sciences research began when she undertook a PhD in Engineering at Monash University, specialising in the exploitation of micro and nanoscale phenomena for diagnostic applications.

What Priscilla says about her hand-up from Rotary

Each program taught me something valuable, and on most occasions led to something more.

Rotary exchange was my first interaction with Rotary. At 15, I had an incredible opportunity to live abroad, in another culture, speaking another language, managing my finances, organising travelling. When I came home, I was ready to maximise what I had learned about the world.

Another program that was directly influential on my career trajectory was Rotary sponsoring my visit to the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). This was where I decided to become an engineer. Before the NYSF, I didn’t even know what an engineer was! Engineering, and its impact on healthcare, is my absolute passion. There is nothing more I would rather do.

I feel incredibly grateful and thankful to Rotary for having such an impact on my life.

“There is no doubt that the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Rotary Club Rotary is such an important piece of the community. We and District 9790 shaped not just my career, but also should never underestimate the value Rotary can bring to prepared me for life’s adventures. I didn’t have the same both individuals and the community.” resources available to me as other kids. Yet, thanks to Rotary, I had an incredibly rich upbringing - having the opportunity to travel for a year on Rotary exchange, attending multiple camps, attending the National Youth Science Forum, and later the London International Youth Science Forum.

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n 12th November the Rotary Club of Shepparton South organised a “High Tea” to raise funds for the Australian Rotary Health scholarships researching PSTD in the military. In conjunction with the Shepparton Branch of the RSL and GV Veterans group, the club had 100 participants attend the event at the Woolshed in Shepparton.

An inspiration for Remembrance Day. Ally said she needed about 30 minutes to fit into the dress.

The guest speakers for the afternoon event were Ms. Allison Elder and Mr. Bob Davis.

Ally described her connection with the RSL. She spoke about her great grandfather and her two great uncle’s contributions to World War II, their various theatres of war and how proud she was to be Australian. Ally is promoting youth involvement in the RSL and who the organisation supports. It was inspiring to listen to her.

Ally is a RSL Youth Volunteer and a year 12 student at Notre Dame College in Shepparton. She wore the “Poppy Dress” which was designed by bridal couture, Helen Manuell, of Manuell and Moore. This handmade dress has 2000 poppies attached to it.

Bob, a returned veteran, linked Ally’s speech to the PSTD research. Bob highlighted some aspects of his work at Goulburn Valley Veterans Services and the ongoing needs of the returned defence service personnel.

Every week there is support needed to negotiate, fill in paper work and connect people with the various Government agencies. The event organiser, Rotarian Maree Curtis- Geisler and Rotarians Courtney Blick and David Earle ensured that the participants were well fed and entertained. Many local businesses supported the event by donating table prizes and goods for a raffle.

Many thanks must go to the venue hosts, Cam and Ang Mangiameli, proprietors of the Woolshed. Every detail and request were accommodated. Nothing was too much trouble. This highly successful event raised approximately $2500.

“High Tea”

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Shepparton Central Rotary Club Raffle for Umoja Orphanage Kenya


aving been involved with Umoja Orphanage Kenya for five years, my wife Pam and I have raised more than $40000- for the project as well as donating personally to the project and sponsoring one of the workers. Shepparton Central have also donated funds toward a vehicle and playground and currently sponsor a child and a worker. Having been frustrated by small fundraising efforts, I decided to raffle a Caravan. I had bought a New Age Caravan 3 years earlier and had contact with the company so approached them for support. They agreed to supply us with a 19’ Manta Ray Caravan at cost. The plan was to sell at least 10000 tickets at $10-, with past volunteers to Umoja, as well as supporters of the project, taking the lead in the sales. This group come from all over Australia so it shouldn’t be that hard! In addition, we have this amazing Rotary network so surely that will make it easy. The Rotary Club of Shepparton Central agreed to sponsor the Raffle and we commenced sales at the District 9790 Conference in March.

This made me have to rethink my approach and so we moved heavily into online sales via which turned out to be a saviour. The system works well, is easy and the reporting that is available to the user is amazing. Transfer of funds is simple and done within two days. I cannot recommend it enough. The main problem is making sure that you can get the link out to as many people as you can via social media and websites.

Thanks also to the members of Shepparton Central Rotary Club and Numurkah Rotary Club for your amazing support. Thanks also to the Rotary Club of Biloela Qld. Biloela have had a number of volunteers go to Umoja and were absolutely fantastic with their sales of tickets, a shining light amongst the volunteers. I also thank DG Bernie for attending the draw of the raffle at Monichino Winery on 12th November and for the support of Yarrawonga Rotary Club in allowing us to sell tickets By mid September, with the raffle due to at their monthly market. be drawn on 12th November, we had only half of the funds we needed to The thinking cap it on now for our next cover the prizes. With the help of social project to raise funds for Umoja media and TryBooking we managed to Orphanage Kenya, watch this space as salvage a success and ultimately made a we move to raise sufficient funds to profit of $13000- for our efforts. build the second childrens home which will help to change the lives of another While this was a good result, the 12 children and provide employment for potential was to raise $50000- plus for more locals from the village. For more Umoja and this would have justified the information on the project go to risk we took. My message to any Club . looking to do raffles of a similar type to raise money is that it is hard work. You need lots of supporters and don’t under estimate the power of Social Media and online sales.

The winner of the Manta Ray 19’ I don’t want to dwell on the negatives, Caravan was Martin Bodle from but to say the least, my assumption that Adelaide who bought his single our past volunteers and other Rotary ticket, online via a Facebook Groups would offer broad based post. The second prize of a support, proved to be a massive over $2000- travel voucher from assumption. David Brown Travel Manager, Shepparton, was Stan Jessop from Tasmania, who bought his ticket via East Devonport Rotary Club. Both men were thrilled by their win and I thank them for their support.

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Rotary Club of Strathmore Vale FRANCO ROBLES

Rotarian Michael Galluzzo’s fiance suffered a brain aneurysm on 22nd November. He died peacefully on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. We remember Franco's commitment to our club, always smiling. We are proud to have supported Franco, 2017 RYLArian. Michael and Franco were a perfect couple who complemented each other so well. We were so pleased for Michael when we found out they had recently gotten engaged and now we are deeply saddened that Franco is no longer with us. He will truly be missed. Our love and deepest sympathy is with Michael during this time, our thoughts and prayers are also with Franco’s family in the Philippines. A service was held on Friday, 1st December 2017. . Franco was attending the District’s RYLA conference at the time.

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Under the Spotlight District Treasurer PDG Peter Gilbert Peter was the founding director of the accounting firm PDG & Assoc in 1974. He has been a Rotarian for 34 years. President of the Rotary Club of Preston 1992-93 and was District Governor of Rotary District 9790 in 2008-09. Peter is also a Royce Abbey Award recipient. Peter has been involved with Children First since its establishment and was appointed to the Board in 2005. Peter is under the spotlight this month.

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What’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about you? I once held a private pilot license What’s the smartest thing you’ve been told? Get a job you like and you’ll never have to work again How would someone you love describe you? Tolerant, caring, forgiving, determined. Keen to expand knowledge What’s the oldest item in your wardrobe that you still wear? Gardening clothes What do you look or feel really good in? I feel good in casual clothes What’s one simple thing you’re really good at? Making the best Nespresso coffee What do you least like to do? Being idle What’s the one talent you wish you had? To play jazz piano One thing you refuse to eat? Pumpkin and capsicum (I know that is two!) You would you like to invite to a dinner party ? Oscar Peterson, Nelson Mandela, Paul Harris I’m glad I am… Able to travel What was your best break in life? Buying in to an accounting practice when I was 24 years old

What was your happiest birthday party? Each decade has been special. I am looking forward to turning 100 Best holiday destination (or place you wish to visit)………… Always the next trip Who’s your most memorable character? Victor Borge Currently, you are reading what? Golf Digest monthly magazine. Not interested in fiction.

What or have you had a ‘Rotary Moment’ Attending a district conference at Bright. I was so impressed by the programs each of speakers spoke about and I wanted to participate. But when I realised that I didn’t have the necessary skills to do what they did, I realised that I could support them in what they did. Rotary then became a large part of my life. If you were an animal what would you be? Lion Are you a dog or a cat person?

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The fun in fundraising By Nancy Shepherdson ou might think that an 18member Rotary club would be satisfied with donating a few thousand dollars to its community each year. For some small clubs, even that sum would likely come out of its members’ own pockets.


Yet the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA, donates close to $90,000 each year to worthy local and international causes. The Rotarians created an event that draws as many as 20,000 people from the village and surrounding far northwest suburbs of Chicago. Taking advantage of a circuit of rib chefs who travel the country appearing at similar fests, the Rockin’ RibFest, which runs for four days in July, also features an amateur rib cook-off, food booths (often staffed by other Rotary clubs), and live music. Since its modest beginnings in 2005, the RibFest has become the club’s signature event and an annual tradition for many area families. Jim Wales remembers how it got started. Members of the club, which had been chartered only the year before, decided they wanted to focus on one fundraiser per year. “People get tired if you try to do more than that,” says Wales. “But we realized that we couldn’t do a really big fundraiser by ourselves.” Lake in the Hills Rotarians put out the call for volunteers and emphasized that the money raised would stay in the community. Youth groups were offered a $5 donation for every volunteer hour worked. Today, some groups take home several thousand dollars a year. Planning for the first fest took eight months, says Wales. “Our attitude was that failure was not an option. We wanted, above all, to be beneficial to all concerned.” According to a survey conducted by the firm Software Advice, fundraising events that include nonsport competitions, such as the RibFest, are the easiest for small nonprofits such as Rotary clubs to pull off

successfully. Such events combine relative ease of execution with the lowest cost per dollar raised. Other highearning, relatively low-cost community fund-raisers include fun runs and walks. The Rotary Club of Fullerton, California, with 177 members, started its Jog-aThon in 2013. The club works with local middle and high schools to recruit students to run laps one day in October. Students collect pledges for the laps they plan to complete, and most of that money is returned to the clubs or schools of the kids who run. Every year, about 1,500 students raise as much as $40,000 for their own causes. The event also earns about $15,000 annually for End Polio Now – a contribution that, like all donations to Rotary’s polio eradication effort, is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Fullerton Rotarians plan the event, volunteer on event day, solicit sponsorships and food donations from local businesses – and let the kids do the hard work (the running). The only major expense is for T-shirts that continue to promote Rotary long after the event is over. For the club, this event is at least as much about teaching kids about polio eradication as it is about fundraising, says 2016-17 Club President Dan Ouweleen, who adds, “We can easily shift it to teaching about another cause once polio becomes a thing of the past.” Traditionally, many club fundraisers have depended heavily on members and their friends for donations. Through galas and auctions, for example, clubs can raise large sums but may find returns stagnating or dropping if they go back to the same people year after year. “There are two categories of big fundraisers: an event-driven activity that happens to be a fundraiser and the causebased fundraiser that’s relevant to the community,” says David Waring, past governor of District 6440 (Illinois, USA). “If you can combine the two, you’ve got a winner.” Most people just want to have fun, he notes, and if they do, they won’t mind spending some money. All clubs should try to identify a flagship community event. If you just fundraise to fundraise, people get tired of you asking.

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• Nancy Shepherdson is a freelance writer in Deer Park, Illinois, USA, and a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich, Illinois.

Illustration by Dave Cutler

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.) and author of the Rotarian Economist blog, Quentin Wodon When planning a big event, suggests Waring, think about the consequences of success as much as those of failure. “You make the really big money on projects that are scalable, so consider what you will do to accommodate growth. Can you bring in more people with minimal extra effort?” Rotarians in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, have done that with their ice-fishing festival – once they got their idea past a skeptical board, that is. The twoday Battle on Bago, first held in 2008 and now put on by a foundation created by the Rotary Club of Oshkosh Southwest, helps kids learn to fish, supports local conservation efforts, and raises more than $50,000 a year on average as it attracts thousands of participants to nearby Lake Winnebago in February. “The board looked at us and said, ‘You want to do this on the ice, in the winter, in Wisconsin. Who’s going to show up?’” laughs Lori Davis, one of the originators of the idea. Board members OK’d the plan but budgeted only $1,200 the first year for expenses. So the club set about proving that it was a good idea. It is now the largest ice-fishing event in the Midwestern United States (there’s now a summer event as well), requiring a 23,000-square-foot tent to accommodate the vendors (all fishing-oriented), the prizes, and the partici-

pants. In 2016, hundreds of prizes worth a total of $275,000 included trucks, boats, and fishing trips, attractive enough in themselves. But what makes this event different is that prizes are awarded randomly. At the Battle on Bago, even the smallest child who lands the tiniest fish has the opportunity to win a big prize. “There is not one single way of fundraising,” says Quentin Wodon, a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.) and author of a blog called the Rotarian Economist. “Different clubs have 89 different strengths.” In Wiarton, Ontario, Canada, Rotarians’ strength is a unique venue – a fellow member’s elk and maple syrup farm, the setting for the club’s annual Maple Magic festival. Maple Magic is not the Rotary Club of Wiarton’s biggest fundraiser – that would be the annual village fair, which generates about CA$100,000 for the 30-member club. But the fair dates to the club’s founding in 1938 and was becoming a little tired. Eric Robinson, the club’s fundraising chair and the owner of the Regal Point Elk Farm, brought the idea for Maple Magic to the club in 2011. “You need to have a clever idea to get the community behind you,” he advises. “Be as innovative as you can and bring out something new every year to keep people interested in coming back.” The event, which offers people the chance to see elk up close, enjoy lots of maple treats, and take part in feats of strength such as a logsawing contest, attracts around 2,000 kids and adults and generates CA$18,000 in revenue each year. Even big fundraisers seem to become most successful when fundraising is less important to the club than creating fun. That makes sense to Wodon. “All clubs should try to identify a flagship community event,” he says. “If you just fundraise to fundraise, people get tired of you asking.”

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artners Program -

Both dementia and prostate cancer have had a large effect on DG Bernie, his wife, Marg and their extended families. Please support the Dementia Foundation and for cancer, the Movember Foundation. Marg would like to ask clubs for their support for both causes. This can be done by holding a fundraising events to raise money for men's health and to also contribute to research into dementia. .

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Whatisrotary District 9790 December 2017 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's newsletter