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s I move into the next six months of this Rotary year of my leadership, I firstly hope that all District Rotarians have had a good break from Rotary over the Christmas and New Year period. The Christmas and New Year period can be an excellent time for families and friends to catch up. It is also an excellent time to recharge Rotarian's batteries, so that we all complete this current Rotary year on the high note that we all deserve. During the month of December, I completed my required official Club visits, sixty-four in total. Thank you to all my Assistant Governors, Club Presidents, Club Boards and all the District Rotarians, for the manner that all these official visits were conducted and thank you, too, for the way that you all received me during these events. It is a great pleasure to me, as your District Governor during this Rotary year, the way that every one of you, have made me feel so welcome and also the respect to the position of District Governor. I am looking forward to revisiting a number of Clubs before District Conference and the end of the year. January sees the next important step for DGE Malcolm and wife Jill, as they travel to San Diego and attend the 2018 International Assembly. Along with five hundred forty plus, District Governors-Elect Malcolm will meet International President Elect Barry Rassin as he announces the theme of the 2018 – 2019 International Rotary year. The whole Assembly week will be a highlight in Malcolm's Rotary journey, as he completes his training to be our next District Governor. I wish both Malcolm and Jill a safe and enjoyable trip and am looking forward to catching up with them both, on their return to the District.

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During December the news of Past International President (2013 – 2014), TRF Trustee Chair-elect Ron Burton and Jetta to represent International President Ian Riseley, at your district conference on 22 Mar-2018 through 25 Mar-2018 in Yarrawonga. We, as a District team, are looking forward to having both Ron and Jetta at our conference, which will be one of many highlights at the conference. Ron has challenged attending District Rotarians to enjoy this event more than he or his wife, which he believes will not happen! Ron is ‘Under the Spotlight’ later in the newsletter, so we all can know a little more about Ron’s, likes and dislikes. As stated in last month’s newsletter, membership of Rotary within our District is every Rotarian's responsibility. We all need to work at retaining our existing members but also set a new goal to increase the size of all clubs within the District. There is no reason why we should not share, with our families and friends what we get out of being a Rotarian. The more we talk about what Rotary is and what it can do, the brighter the future of Rotary is, as we go forward. The grassroots are the future of Rotary, let us all have a say in that future. Enough for now, enjoy and share this newsletter. Regards DG Bernie.

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DG’s No Bull


Let’s Muster for Mental Health


Bernie’s Booze


Vale : Robin Chapple


District By-Law Amendments


Under the Spotlight—Ron Burton


Liberty Swing Open


IMFR Australia


New members special group


Working together at Yarck

On the cover : A Conference RIPA ! Past Rotary International President Ron Burton and Jetta are to represent the Rotary International current President Ian Riseley, at district conference on 22nd —25th March2018. What a RIPA !

Ron agreed to go ‘Under the Spotlight’ this month see page 8

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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n 2018 we will journey around Australia to create awareness and raise money for youth mental health and suicide prevention.

The 2018 portion starts in Tasmania on February 4th and concludes on February 26th with a drive / tour around the picturesque state visiting all the " Must see areas " of the region and will be led by ARH Director PDG Kevin Shadbolt and the 9830 district team. Muster for Mental Health will be visiting Rotary Clubs and regional towns and cities to bring focus on the importance of sustaining mental health research. Our aim is to raise $2 million for the cause. Joining the ARH travelling tour will be made available on a ‘Hop on Hop off’ basis for caravans, mobile homes and motor cars. Call PP Terry Davies for all information on 02 8837 1900 Look forward to joining you on this great experience PDG Terry Grant ARH Ambassador Get on board: Follow our Facebook page: Help us reach our $2 million challenge:

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Bernie’s Cellar Wine: Heathcote Estate Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2015 Alcohol: 13.5% Cellar: 10+ years Region: Heathcote Price: $38 - $42 Heathcote Estate has quickly emerged as an icon Shiraz producer from a region that continues to show its Shiraz pedigree. Tom Carson crafts this wonderful example that displays a rich bouquet of prunes licorice and plums with a deep dense palate showing quality oak is indicative of a wine which will age superbly.

Wine: Reynella Basket Press Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2015 Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 10+ years Region: McLaren Vale Price: $45 - $50 Reynella's Basket Pressed Shiraz is a quintessential McLaren Vale Shiraz. Dark, brooding fruits of blackberry and Satsuma plum intermingled with bitter dark chocolate and endless ripe tannins that carry the wine right through. A perfect cellaring option, or if you prefer your fruit big and bold,

Wine: Kilikanoon, Mulga Shiraz Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2011 Alcohol: 14% Cellar: 10+ years Region: Clare Valley Price: $14- $18 current release 2015 The Kilikanoon Mulga is made from small batches of Shiraz selected from a range of premium South Australian vineyards then vinified by traditional winemaking methods and matured in small French and American oak casks before careful blending and bottling unfiltered.

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obin’s involvement with Rotary started when he joined the Rotary Club of Cheshunt & Waltham Cross in the UK on 26th October 1967, a club he left on 30th June 1983. His Australian Rotary connection began with membership of the Rotary Club of Donvale on 1st July 1983. He then moved to the Rotary Club of Rosanna on 21st July 1987, to the Rotary Club of Eltham on 1st July 1988 and finally to the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek on 30th June 1992. While he was with the Rotary Club of Eltham he joined the District Expansion Committee in 1990 for the formation of the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek, a club he joined on 30th June 1992. Robin held several Club posts including President in 1999/2000, Club Service, Classifications and

addresses and contact details and when their charters were relinquished, who had been recognised with a Paul Harris Attendance Officer. He did database Fellowship, and that was only a small work for several District Conferences and selection of many other applications. other of his District roles included It was about then that Robin started on Membership, Training, RYLA, NYSF and the District ‘History Project’. He the IT Committee. But his first love was recruited a small team of like-minded as District Webmaster, a post he held for Rotarians, a key member of which was over 18 years. His excellent work, both PDG Neville Miles, and through his at Club and District level, lead to him indefatigable efforts a database of some being recognised with several Paul Harris 25,083 records was built. Neville would Fellowships. trawl through every District Directory he In 2001 he was asked to update the GSE could lay his hands on and transcribe database which had lapsed in 1997 due details of which Rotarian did which Club to lack of interest. He agreed, and the and District job and in which year into an rest – as they say – was history. Excel spreadsheet. Then Robin, assisted by Don Hamilton, would import this data After bringing the GSE database up to into the ‘History’ database. Ultimately date, Robin had more fish to fry. He anyone could look up a Rotarian and find was passionate about databases out which job he or she had held – either and record keeping. As District Club or District – and when or for how Webmaster he built the District’s long. The database was able to show first Website and saw it as the when a member joined or left a Club. If perfect vehicle for building a that member moved to another Club in comprehensive library of member the District it could show that Club and records. It also had international when the move took place. recognition. A Webmaster for a Swedish District came across it and Conversely a Club or District role could told Robin it was the best and most be targeted and the system would show comprehensive Website he had seen. who had done that job, again in which year or years. Apart from having this Robin built data which great resource at every Rotarian’s showed when Clubs fingertips, Robin saw it as a great were chartered, management tool for District executives their if they were looking for experienced Rotarians to fill District roles. To Robin’s disappointment, some years ago District decided migrate Robin’s Website to Clubrunner and unfortunately much of his work was left behind.

William Richard Chapple was born on the 22nd January 1930 in Hertfordshire England and passed away on Tuesday, 28 November,Currently, 2017. you are reading what? The weekly rural press. Are you a dog or a cat person? A dog. "Man's best January 2018 Page 6 friend".

Robin was also incredibly loyal to his friends and colleagues. He adored his wife Molly and was inordinately proud of his family. With Robin’s passing, many Rotarians lost a friend, colleague and work mate. One of Rotary’s mottos is “Service Above Self” and this year’s theme is ‘Making a Difference’. Robin exemplified both.

District By-Law Amendments

Greetings my fellow Rotarians,

I trust that you have had a wonderful festive season with family and friends and welcomed in the New Year. I write to advise that by now all rotary clubs have received proposed By-Law amendments for your review and consideration. I would hope that all clubs will have a club forum to discuss the proposed amendments as tabled before the district conference being held in Yarrawonga March 22 to 25th where formal voting will take place on the proposed changes. I also hope that you will elect a voting delegate following the forum to ensure your clubs thoughts are passed on at the session.

Any queries to be passed via the district secretary to DG Bernie, please.

PDG Terry Grant Deputy Chair Resolutions Committee

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Under the Spotlight – our RIPA !

PRI President Ron Burton


on has been a Rotarian since 1979, he is a member and past president (1983-84) of Norman Rotary Club Oklahoma. Ron has served RI as district governor, Council on Legislation representative, International Assembly group discussion leader and moderator, zone trainer, Rotary information counsellor, committee and task force member, RI president’s representative and aide to the RI president. He also chaired the 2011 New Orleans Convention Committee. Ron served as RI President 2013-14. and is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award, Ron also has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and International Service Award for a Polio-Free Ron retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the Cleveland County, Oklahoma, and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation. A recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, he is a past vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America. ( The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.) He and his wife, Jetta, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society, and Arch C. Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation.

What’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about you? How many times I almost quit Rotary.

What’s the smartest thing you’ve been told? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And, always be yourself. How would someone you love describe you? Caring, sentimental, loving – Jetta’s words – I asked her. What’s the oldest item in your wardrobe that you still wear? My favorite RI President’s tie (my own). What do you look or feel really good in? Blue jeans and a tee shirt. What’s one simple thing you’re really good at? Meeting people. What do you least like to do? Yardwork.

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Australian slang for excellent, great, top of the range, the best of the best, We had a rippa time last night. Our team won the game"you little rippa!" I won ten buck on the GG's, you rippa RIPA tern coined by PDG Rob Lloyd—Conference 208

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What’s the one talent you wish you had? I wish I spoke several languages. One thing you refuse to eat? Liver. You would you like to invite to a dinner party ? Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. I’m glad I am….. a Rotarian. What was your best break in life? Meeting my wife. What was your happiest birthday party? The last one like it is every year. Best holiday destination (or place you wish to visit)............ Love to visit Australia. Who’s your most memorable character? Harry S. Truman. Currently, you are reading what? Eisenhower in War and Peace What or have you had a ‘Rotary Moment’ I’ve had many and have them frequently. If you were an animal what would you be? Triple Crown winning horse. Are you a dog or a cat person? Dog.

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Liberty Swing Open


ulie Smith was the envy of the Kurrajong Waratah Yallambee clients who attended the opening of the longawaited Liberty Swing on Sunday. Julie was the first person to officially use the swing — designed specifically to accommodate people in wheelchairs and of restricted mobility — located at the RSL Park in Junction St, Deniliquin. The opening was the culmination of almost three years’ work, which Rotarian and project coordinator David McPherson said was completed in perfect time for the summer school holidays. He said it was a joint project between Deniliquin’s service groups, with support from local businesses.

“The project was initiated by Neil Buckley who was involved with taking Kurrajong clients to Moama to use the Liberty Swing there, and he approached me while I was president of Rotary to see if we could do something, the cost was quite enormous though, and we simply didn’t have the funds.” Mr McPherson said.

When applications for Edward River Council’s Stronger Communities grants opened, this was our chance and we were successful in getting $20,000of the $46,000 required. “That enabled us to buy the swing, but we still needed money to install it and for the fencing.

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We were successful in gaining $12,000 from the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society and the rest was matched by Deniliquin Lions Club, Deniliquin Rotary and the Deniliquin Soroptimists. We also had the generosity of local businesses to construct the swing in the RSL Park. Tim Nolan and Lions Club members did a lot of the physical work.” Mr McPherson said the Deniliquin RSL Club has taken on continued responsibility and maintenance for the swing, and the keys to operate it can be collected from the club’s reception.

There was one client in particular who had never been on a swing, and you could not wipe the smile off her face.”

“The biggest benefit is the ability for families with disabled and non-disabled children to a have an inclusive family day out — all the family can swing together.’’ Kurrajong Waratah’s Yallambee lifestyle services coordinator Matthew Johnson said clients ‘absolutely loved’ being involved in Sunday’s launch, and being among the first to use the swing.”

The swing was officially opened by Deniliquin Lions member and Edward River Council Deputy Mayor Pat Fogarty. Special guests at the celebration included Mayor Norm Brennan, Lions District V6 Governor Norm Walkington and Rotary District 9790 Governor Bernie Bott.

Mr Johnson said. “This swing not only benefits those in a wheelchair, but anyone else with restricted mobility.” “We would normally have to organise a monthly trip to Moama to enjoy similar activities, and now we can use the swing as often as we like, with more people being able to use it in one visit.”

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“I don’t mind having my picture taken with folks now because in two years no one will want their picture taken with me,” Burton joked at a luncheon in his honour. “As we say in Oklahoma, I’m going to ride this horse as far as we can go.” A member of the Norman Rotary Club, Burton challenged his fellow Rotarians to “get up out of your chairs and do something positive.” PRI President Ron Burton

Meet Ron and Jetta at Conference 2018

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Tickets available

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I’ve only been an IMFR member for two years so I’m sure there are a few people saying Doug who? So in a few words a brief synapsis of my 57 years to date.


he International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians (IFMR) Australian Chapter has just completed the Australian International Ride 2017 (AIR17). AIR17 was 16 days of riding, covering 4,830km. The route was Sydney-Orange-Hay-Broken Hill-Port Augusta-Adelaide-Mt GambierWarrnambool-Lorne-Ballarat-Melbourne -Sale-Bega-Sydney. Some Australian members did the complete ride while many joined us for part of the ride. International IFMR members from Iceland, Taiwan, USA, UK, and Austria, joined us for the complete ride.

Born in central Victoria into a motorcycling family (two brothers, father and sister all ride). Schooled mostly in Ballarat and started riding on the obligatory mini bike at about the age of 10, moving through a series of trail bikes until I could get a licence. Memorable bikes; a Suzuki RM125C that I loved, a Suzuki PE175N that I bought new and still have stored at my parents and a Suzuki GS750. Married at 23 and kids at 26 so riding took a back seat for a few years. Moved to NE Vic (where I still live) in ’84 and have worked for Uncle Tobys all that time.

Got back into road riding in 2000. Here is a report from our new Australian Recently sold my pristine 2000 model GSXR 750 just leaving me my F800GS to President, Doug Cole. ride. High on my bucket list is to explore After two years of planning, AIR17 has ALL of Australia by bike in the next few been run and done. Participants years – hence my current choice of bike. thoroughly enjoyed the 5000km plus I’m looking forward to working with our ride. Most discovered a sore point or experienced and talented board, I’m two that they hadn’t felt for a while. expecting an easy job as president – so Thanks to Claus Weber and Phil Smith don’t let me down team. for pulling this ride together. Somewhere along the ride we held our AGM in Ballarat and I find myself the new IMFR Australian president. I would like to say that I won a close fought election on my winning smile, however the truth is that I was the only nominee. Hmmm?

Also looking forward to catching up with the regular faces and hopefully a few new over the coming year. Regards Doug Cole Rotary Club of Rutherglen IMFR Australia President

What are my aspirations for my time as president? Keep it simple and keep doing more of the same is high on the list. Although I would also like to see increased membership and even more rides and opportunities for fellowship across a broader section of our membership. January 2018 Page 14

If you are interested in the fellowship then please check us out on facebook or the web and contact us. Facebook : Website:

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The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks, Calif., USA, welcomes new members with special group


rom the moment she joined Rotary in 2015, Mary Cate Gustafson-Quiett was thinking about how to retain new members. She attended a board meeting of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks to hear about membership, and the brainstorming began. Knowing that some Rotary clubs have groups for new members, she spearheaded the drive to start the “honeymooners group” for Fair Oaks to help with retention. “We chose the name honey-mooners because we thought that your first year in marriage, that’s your honeymoon year,” explains Gustafson-Quiett. “This is your honeymoon year of Rotary.” Gustafson-Quiett stresses that the group is about fun and fellowship. “Our Rotary club is a fairly large club, with 80-some members. So it’s easy to feel like you get lost in the crowd. We thought that this would be a good way for new members to get to know each other.” At the same time, notes current group facilitator Dennis Dunbar, the group “bridges that gap between a new member’s wideeyed enthusiasm and a more seasoned understanding of the club’s values and goals through education and involvement.” The group was such a success that at the end of the first year, many members wanted to stay. So they simply changed the rules to permit membership for two years. That also gives the group some continuity from year to year. And of course it’s voluntary. A different member hosts each gathering, which starts with socializing over a meal. The group has between a dozen and 20 people on the mailing list at any given time, but five to 12 members attend a typical event. In addition to fellowship, the gatherings offer a chance for new members to test out new ideas. Sometimes, Gustafson-Quiett notes, all the experience of Rotarians can be a bit intimidating. Among fellow neophytes, people feel free to pitch an idea and see what the smaller group thinks. The honeymooners also invite some experienced Rotarians to visit their gatherings, including club board members. “For example,” says Dunbar, “I invited a former board member to discuss The Rotary Foundation and our club foundation. The focus on this kind of club education is important to encouraging members to feel and be involved.” The group helps new members get used to participating in the club at large. “We ran some of the club’s weekly meetings,” says Gustafson-Quiett of her time leading the honeymooners. “We planned it out at a honeymooners gathering.” Dunbar sees the group benefiting both new members and the Rotary club. “New members get answers to their questions that are consistent across our group’s membership. This educational process accelerates their assimilation into the club and gets them involved in our projects and events more quickly. We get good ideas coming out of the honeymooners as well. This dynamic makes the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks stronger in terms of the projects we pursue and the members we can attract and retain.”

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Working together at Yarck.


ollowing the flash flooding in the Yarck region, early December, Rotary Club of Alexandra member Sharon Fox asked the board to consider assisting the farmers who had lost a lot of boundary fencing. The Community Services Director swung into action on a fact finding mission to see how we could assist.

As District 9790 had contributed substantially to purchase new equipment for the Benalla Emergency Fencing Team, contact was made to ascertain if they could help. Their response was immediately very positive and Alan Stafford together with a colleague arrived the next day to scope the work. Murrindindi Shire helped out by transporting the tractor with post hole digger on it from Benalla to Yarck. The Yarck Hall committee made the hall available for the workers to use for breakfasts and showers. The Rotary Club of Alexandra organised evening meal with the workers attending a Rotary meeting on the Wednesday night. At this meeting Alan Stafford, coordinator for the Benalla Fencing Team, spoke on how it was great to be able to give a hand to the club which had liaised with District 9790 to raise funds to purchase their new equipment. The process with this group is that all materials and fuel are paid for by the property owner. Lunch is also provided and they all, including the farmers, sit and chat whilst having a break. Alan is of the opinion that the camaraderie and talk is all part of the process of assisting people to cope with these extraordinary events.

Pictures: Sally Freeman Herald weekly Times

Messages were sent out over the CFA system and through community radio asking if people needed assistance. The fencing team stayed in the area for about10days. Yea Rotary were also on standby to assist with catering if needed. This was truly Rotary in action making new friendships and renewing old ones.

Anne Reid, AG4.

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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 Movember for cancer Marg would like to ask clubs for their support for both causes. This can be done by holding a fundraising event in November to raise money for men's health and to also contribute to research into dementia. .

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