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As the final preparations for this year District Conference have reached its last stage, I can report that the attending numbers are very encouraging. The committee has put together a program of rotary, entertainment, topical speakers and also showcase rotary to the general public, who will have access to an area signed as What Rotary Can Do. Conference Chair Ross Lloyd’s idea of showcasing Rotary in this way is a new and ambitious idea that has been supported by many of the District Rotary Clubs and Rotary groups. Membership is an ongoing challenge to both Clubs and District, but the District is enjoying a slight increase at this stage of the Rotary year. We can improve on this trend, but it will not happen if we leave it to someone else or another club. Membership is every Rotarian’s responsibility; we can keep the District Clubs reliable and relevant by the introduction of family members, workmates, friends and even a neighbor or two. The future of Rotary is the same today as it was fifty years ago, people of all ages with passion, ideas and the will to give service above self, working together for a better world.

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The material that appears in this newsletter dramatically depends on Club leaders promoting their projects, that have been important, which clubs have completed during the Rotary year and in many cases fulfilling the needs of the broader community. The promotion and sale of the Rotary brand are most important throughout our District, and this newsletter is just one small way that the Rotary message can be broadcast within District 9790. Well, I hope to catch up with as many of my fellow Rotarians at Conference in my home town of Yarrawonga Mulwala, where we linger longer. Regards DG Bernie

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DG’s No Bull




Bernie’s Bottles


Holbrook Rotary


Sunbury Rotary


The Dream—Diamond Creek Rotary and Diamond Valley Rotaract


RLI Not just a Rotary Leadership Institute


Strathmore Rotary


More Sunbury Rotary


Bellbridge Lake Hume Rotary


Tatura Rotary


Numurkah Rotary


Bundoora Rotary


Euroa Rotary

On the cover : Charlie’s been everywhere meet him at Conference.


OW, Whilst compiling and researching this months edition I was amazed at just what we, as Rotarians actually do within our own communities. It does raise the million dollar question; Why don’t we attract new members ? We are certainly out there in the community raising the awareness of what Rotary can do and does. Just take a look through this month’s edition and take a guess at how many people got a message about Rotary. How do we tap into those people, That is the million dollar question. Hmmmm, Are we selling (giving out the correct impression) our brand properly ?

Is it the way we convey to the public (potential member) what we do ………. Or we maybe just think they should know ? We are not Marketing Gurus (sorry to those members who have that vocation) and I know Rotary has spent a large amount of money in advertising , but if it was your business, your personal funds would you spend it ? ……….. For what return? Ok so it has slowed the decline you say. If you wanted to promote your business or service how would you spend you money or what would you do? Can you relate that to your club? Whatever our District is doing lets do more of it cause it’s working!

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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Why do dogs wag their tails when they see Rotarians?


onations In Kind receives many wonderful donations of medical consumables. Unfortunately some can’t be sent overseas in containers, because they are classified as inflammable. They are a creative lot at DIK and decided that there had to be a local option. The Lort Smith Animal Hospital is now the proud owner of 2,500 bottles of chlorohexidine which is used as an antiseptic prior to operations. Another Donation In Kind Community Project

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Bernie’s Bottles Wine: Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2007 Alcohol: 15% Cellar: 8 years Region: McLaren Vale Price: $60 - $70 This is a big Shiraz but it carries its 15% alcohol very comfortably. It has tar and blackberry on the palate and cedary, toasty oak flavours. Great tannic structure and length. A lovely, powerful wine.

Wine: Water Wheel Bendigo Shiraz Grape(s): Shiraz ntage: 2014


Alcohol: 14.1% Cellar: 3- 6 years Region: BendigoPrice: $16 - $18 This wine has aromas of ripe berries, white pepper and chocolate that are also reflected on the palate. It displays attractive regional and varietal character. The depth of fruit and oak balance are excellent. Water Wheel Shiraz is not only enjoyable upon release but is a reliable mediumterm cellaring option and is good value at under $20

Wine: Turkey Flat Grape(s): Shiraz

Vintage: 2006

Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 10+ years Region: Barossa Valley Price: $55 - $75

Turkey Flat is made from very old shiraz vines. This full-bodied wine displays intense brooding fruit balanced by the finest French oak. A true Barossa Valley icon.

If you would like to buy older wines, such as the ones reviewed here, they may be available at auction houses such as:


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Sunbury Rotary

Sunbury Rotarians said thank you to all members who supported our 2017 Rylarian, Robert Zammit. At a recent meeting Robert was supported by seven other Rylarians and Linda Gidlund, the Chair of RYLA in District 9790. Robert, a law graduate, gave an excellent address in which he identified very clearly the range of life changing benefits he had gained from his RYLA experience in November last year. It is very encouraging for Club members to hear of the benefits gained as a result of our Club's sponsorship. Our thanks is owed to PP Rob Rindzevicius for his active support of the RYLA program last year..

Meeting my ‘Boss’


GE Malcolm and Jill Kerr meet Rotary International President-elect Barry and Esther Rassin at San Diego California USA on January 20th 2018. Barry laid out his vision for the future of the organisation, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large. Barry, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming District Governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

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Diamond Creek Rotary Diamond Valley Rotaract

Some of theMarch cast at 2018 rehearsal on Sat Page 8 Dec 9th - L to R , Bottom, Puck, Demetrius, Oberon and Titania

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trong and vibrant Rotary Clubs across District 9790 are known for their energy, enthusiasm, community engagement, a wide range of projects, growing membership and effective leadership. And many of those Clubs have had their leaders participate in the District 9790 Rotary Leadership Institute course.

through a variety of publications members receive and through participation in District events such as the annual Conference and Assembly.

The most recent class of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) participants, ‘graduated’ at the completion of their course at Euroa Secondary College on 25 February. There are now over 300 Rotarians from across the District who have graduated from the course since RLI commenced in 2012.

The Rotary Leadership Institute enables participants to not only broaden their knowledge and understanding of Rotary but also to share their own ideas, practices and experience from participation in their own Club.

The Rotary Leadership Institute, also known in the District as a Rotary Learning Initiative, is a program that seeks to strengthen Rotary Clubs through more effective leadership. Effective leadership can only come from educated leaders, those who are educated and knowledgeable about Rotary, its The RLI program is currently structure, its mission and its programs. conducted over three sessions from 9.00 until 1.00 The best Clubs in Rotary are those who have knowledgeable on a Sunday usually at Euroa leaders. And a strong District leadership team is drawn from Secondary College. There are the Clubs in the District. a total of 18 components to Clubs who struggle are often those whose leaders may claim be completed, six in each to know all there is to know about Rotary but don’t or have session. There are two further significant gaps in their Rotary knowledge. sessions in 2017-18, on There are many ways Rotarians, either as Club leaders are as Sunday 22 April and Sunday committed Club members, can become more knowledgeable 17 June. The dates for the 2018-19 Rotary year are yet to be finalised. about Rotary: through on-line learning and reference,

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Further details can be obtained from the District RLI Chair, PDG David Anderson (Rotary Club of Yea) or the District RLI Secretary, PP Don Hamilton (Rosanna).


Back row (standing): Carol Westworth (Kinglake Ranges), Marj Hamilton (Yea), Matt Flaherty (Wodonga Central), Susan Pattison (Albury North), Norm O'Flaherty (Facilitator), Verona Bonnitcha (Euroa), Anne Hayward (Albury North), Rod Schubert (Tatura), Marcus Bolger (Benalla), Bill Parris (Benalla) and Gary Jungwirth (Facilitator). Front row (sitting): Brian Peters (DGN), Bernie Bott (DG) and Lorraine Greenwood (Facilitator).

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Strathmore Rotary


ortheast Health Wangaratta was delighted to be invited to join a partnership with the Rotary Club of Strathmore, along with a Melbourne based charitable group (comprised of expat Sri Lankans business people) called the The Foundation Supporting a National Trauma Service and the teaching hospital at Batticaloa Sri Lanka. With the intention of a staff exchange program to enable senior staff from the teaching hospital Batticaloa to observe practices at NHW, especially around Emergency Department and Operating Theatres, in preparation for the opening of their new hospital serving the eastern region of Sri Lanka. With Rotary’s support, senior NHW nurses will travel to Batticaloa later this year, to strengthen the sister hospital arrangement and provide any education and support that is requested.

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We welcome Janoof Mohamed and Sasi Nagalingam. Janoof is a senior nurse with more than 22 years’ experience, the last eight in nursing management. He is currently in charge of the Operating theatres at the teaching hospital, Batticaloa. His colleague, Sasi, also has over two decades nursing experience and also eight years in senior nursing management. Sais is in charge of the Accident and Emergency Unit Batticaloa.

We are so delighted to welcome them to northeast Victoria, and to introduce them to many Rotarians who are so supportive of international partnerships and health service development….we hope you have a great time at Northeast Health

Sunbury Rotary


lub members and guests had a terrific night with members of our Sunbury secondary schools community to present the 2018 Ron Cook Memorial Dux Awards.

It was very pleasing to welcome the principals of Salesian College and Sunbury Downs College, Mark Brockhus and Maria Oddo, and the Assistant Principal of Sunbury College ,Craig O'Bree, together with several teachers as well as the families of the three Duces. We heard a little of the challenges tackled and mastered by each Dux, Aiden Beard (Salesian), James Brooks (Sunbury) and Natashe Luz (Sunbury Downs), who each in turn responded. Of special note is that Natasha, when a grade 6 student at Sunbury West Primary School, was also the winner of the Rotary Spelling competition. It was wonderful to be able as a Club assist three such articulate and capable young people from our Sunbury community as they move into tertiary education. Special thanks goes to PP Rob Rindzevicius who as chair of our Sports, Recreation and Education Foundation planned, organised and chaired the evening.

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Briefing on the 2018 Lake Hume Cycle Challenge


he 2018 Lake Hume Cycle Challenge was again organised and conducted by members and partners of the Rotary Club of Bellbridge Lake Hume. There ware some 650 participants from not only within our Region, but also from interstate and as far away as Queensland. The event this year was held at the Wodonga and District Racecourse in Wodonga for the first time and proved to be an excellent facility for this type of event. Logistically this event requires a high number of volunteers and the Bellbridge Lake Hume Rotary club would like to thank the following supporters.

The Rotary Clubs of Albury North, Wodonga Central and Sunrise for their support and expertise in acting as Marshalls and other duties The CFA Brigades of Kiewa Valley, Kergunyah and Bonegilla Tangambalanga Lions Club The Ulysses Motor Cycle Club of Wodonga Primary Schools of Bethanga and Dederang Pedal Power & Albury Wodonga Parks (Street & Creek Rides) Erika Skerman (family rides)

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The event was very well supported by the business community of Albury Wodonga and our major sponsors not only donated funds but assisted in organising this event and their participation and support is appreciated. Safety is paramount in conducting road rides for cyclists and traffic management is a significant cost in administration of this event. This year implementation of traffic management plans was in excess of $16,000.00. The event again this year was very successful and the club expect to donate similar amount of funds to the Wellness Centre of the Albury Wodonga Cancer Regional Centre. This will bring a total amount in excess of $120,000.00 donated to the cancer Centre over the last five years.

John Haffenden Co- President The Rotary Club of Bellbridge Lake Hume

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Tatura Rotary Club scoops the pool AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS.


fter winning DG 9790 Tony Bramley’s, citation 2016/2017 for “ Club of the Year” in combination with the Rotary Club of Mooroopna, Tatura Rotary Club has continued this form into 2018. The Rotary Club of Tatura featured strongly in the local Community 2018 Australia Day Awards. It took out both the “Tatura Community Event of the Year” award and the “Greater Shepparton Community Event of the Year” award for its Community Art Show. The Tatura Rotary and Community Art Show is held each year over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. The two awards were presented by the Hon Wendy Lovell, member for Northern Victoria and accepted by Rotarian Rhonda Rose, Art Show coordinator, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Tatura. In her acceptance speech Rhonda highlighted the strong participation of local artists in this event. She also said that other Art Show entries come from right across Victoria, Southern New South Wales and even some from Western Australia. The Art Show, now in its 12th year, is becoming recognised as one of the premier art shows in Victoria. To stage a successful event like this requires a lot of forward planning and input from the whole community. Rhonda paid tribute to the multitude of volunteers, sponsors, organizations and fellow Tatura Rotarians that make the Art Show the success that it is.

Rotarian Bill Purcell District 9790 0419335241

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Bundoora Rotary


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Welcome Eugene, Steven and Vince to the Rotary family.

Bundoora Rotary’s 2017 Christmas Raffle supported Whittlesea Community Connections to provide funding to enable students from disadvantaged households to access school supplies. Story from The Whittlesea Leader


um Marian Merrigan and her sons Kaiden, 11, and Riley, 9, had been doing it a bit tough since dad Mick unexpectedly passed away in 2011.

“When Mick died it was a shock and obviously upsetting,” Ms Merrigan said. “We were suddenly on our own and I wasn’t working full-time so come Christmas it was certainly welcome when an organisation came and delivered presents to my door.” She is working full-time now and the family is doing a lot better financially, so Ms Merrigan decided, as a treat, each of them would buy a Rotary Club raffle ticket. “We are forever grateful for the Rotary Club’s priceless acts of kindness when we were struggling a bit,” she said. “The journey we’re on is no different to that of many other families so we wanted to give a little back.”

The most unexpected of events happened, eldest son Kaiden’s ticket was the winner and the family walked away with a trailer stocked with almost $5000 worth of loot. “This was the first time I had actually prepared for Christmas and bought presents since 2011, so to win was a bonus, I thank the Rotary Club very much,” Ms Merrigan said. “It was quite incredible there was a lot of stuff I really needed to buy the boys, like a new doona, and I was really happy to get a coffee machine.”

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Euroa Rotary


otary Club of Euroa Community Park Project - Telegraph

Park After four years of planning and construction a new park is nearing completion in Euroa. The park has been built on the vacant block at the back of Euroa Post Office in Brock Street. The last building on this land was the manual telephone exchange which was demolished in 1990 and the block has remained vacant until now.

War 1 memorial boards of all those who enlisted.

In 2014 local winemaker Jenny Houghton had contact with Telstra over their desire to commemorate World War 1. The land was top of the agenda and after a number of discussions the block was offered to Ms Houghton. Telstra made it clear that the land was to be used for a World War 1 memorial.

The club fully supported the proposal seeing this as an outstanding community project. Telstra offered the lease of the land in perpetuity to the Rotary Club of Euroa. Not only has a memorial been created but in addition a new green rest area right in the centre of town.

Ms Houghton had further discussions with local War historian Jeff Starkey who had compiled the names of 1155 men and 10 females who had volunteered during World War 1. All these volunteers had links with the Shires of Euroa and Violet Town. The towns of Euroa, Violet Town and Strathbogie anchored the region where only 7,500 people resided. Mr Starkey had worked on the precision of this history for many years and has documented the history on each of the volunteers.

The three original members were appointed to a subcommittee with the then president of Euroa Rotary Club, David Rutledge. Members of the subcommittee were to oversee and drive the project. In March 2015 the Rotary Club of Euroa applied for a $80,000 grant from the Victoria Remembers Program sponsored by the Victoria Government. The application was successful and the funds were secured to build the honour boards.

With land available and an idea in place Ms Houghton formed a small working committee with two others, local Rotarian Brian Bamford and Paul Rieusset.

1165 names are to be inscribed on the five honour boards which will be situated in the park area. The names who have a cross next to their name died while serving and a hole is placed at the right-hand side of each name to hold a poppy.

Euroa Rotary Club was approached by the working party late in 2015 as to their interest in taking on the lease of the land and creating a community park which would have the World

The remainder of the project development was the responsibility of the Rotary club.

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Plans were discussed with Shire of Strathbogie representatives who were keen to see the project succeed and were looking forward to the removal of the old amenities from the roadside and relocating them to the back corner of the land. Council budgeted $200,000 which included demolishing the old toilets, constructing new toilets, kerb and channel construction, asphalt pavement, pram crossings, line marking and services (includes sewer, water and electricity via solar and lighting). Work on the park area was commenced by members of the Euroa Rotary Club members in October 2017. The clearing of the park area, pathways, erecting lighting towers, a sprinkler system, gardens, tree plantings, painting and concrete bases for the name boards has all been carried out by members of Euroa Rotary Club, who enlisted some help from Euroa Lions Club, Euroa Apex Club and volunteers and businesses offering their time and equipment. It will be remembered that these volunteers are paying respect to those 1165 volunteers from the district who served in World War 1. Of that number 258 had made the supreme sacrifice and 421 had been wounded. Euroa Rotary Club has chosen to call the new green space Telegraph Park. The telegraph was one of earliest forms of communication it was the only way to keep in contact with fierce battlefields to the home front. Unfortunately, many times it was used to inform family members of death or injury to their loved ones fighting on the front line. Telstra , Euroa Rotary Club members and the Shire of Strathbogie have agreed that this is an appropriate name for the park. The official opening of Telegraph Park will take place in April 2018.

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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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WhatisRotary March 2018  

WhatisRotary District 9790 March 2018 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's newsletter.

WhatisRotary March 2018  

WhatisRotary District 9790 March 2018 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's newsletter.