Governor's Messages

Rotary District 9800 Leadership

Rotary District 9800 is led by its District Governor. The Governor is directly responsible to the Board of Rotary International for the administration of the District.

The Governor is Chairperson of the District Board, which comprises the Immediate Past District Governor, the Governor Elect, Governor Nominee, District Secretary (Public Officer), Treasurer, Rotary Foundation Director, Governance Director, Membership Director, Director of Public Image & Communications, Co-Ordinator of Assistant Governors, Vice Governor, and District Secretary Elect.

Separately, the District Leadership Team includes the Governor, Governor Elect & Governor Nominee, together with the Secretary & Treasurer, Assistant Governors, District Directors, Avenues of Service Chairs, and Chair of Learning & Leadership Development.

The District also has the following District Officers: Auditor, Resolutions/Manual of Procedure, Protection, Insurance, Legal, and District Conference.

Read the latest message from our District Governor below.

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What a Difference can make when you Be the Inspiration    

Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

As we move to the changing of the guard during this club changeover period, it is worth reflecting on what we achieved during 2017-18 as individual Rotarians, as members of a club and for those involved at District or beyond the club. I hope your 2017-18 year has been as interesting, rewarding and at times challenging as has Anne and mine with our roles.


June is International Fellowships    

June is International Fellowships month across the Rotary world. Perhaps this is because in late May and June the World Conventions are held and this allows 30,000 or more committed Rotarians and partners to get together, with many diverse interests.


May is Youth Service Month across the Rotary world.    

By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

It is a time to reflect on the many great Rotary programs to support youth. Some of these are run across the world such as Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. Others across Australia, such as Model United Nations Assembly, National Youth Science Forum.


Networker Conference Wrap Up Edition    

This edition of Networker has some great stories from the recent District Conference in Warrnambool. Thanks to the over 700 who attended and participated in some way as delegates, partners, speakers, volunteers, etc. We aimed to have a fun conference which had interesting and diverse speakers, Rotary ideas, some local tours and events as well as plenty of social interaction. The feedback has been very positive on these aspects and will help planning the Multi District Conference in Feb 2019. Anne and I would like to thank the many volunteers and participants who made it such a good event.


Exchanging Vocational Skills    

By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

As we return from our holiday break, with family and friends, we restart the next step of our Rotary journey. 

Hopefully we are refreshed and are ready to make our own Rotary resolutions for 2018? Maybe to offer to help an existing project or start a new one? Maybe to seek out an interesting speaker? To look for a community organisation to partner with? To bring along a friend who might be wondering what all this Rotary stuff is about? Make a note to yourself and follow up when you can.


2017 and Beyond    

Peter Frueh District Governor 2017-2018

As the 2017 year comes towards an end, out thoughts go toward family, a work break or holiday and what we have achieved in 2017 and can look forward to in 2018. Anne and I have completed our club visits and are amazed at the range of projects we have seen, the spirit and friendliness of the Rotarians and partners we have met in our District. It is a privilege to be amongst so many positive people who are "Making a Difference". 


District Governor Peter Frueh’s November Message    

Throughout the Rotary International world, November is Foundation month. Many clubs are recognising this in their program or by specific events, but for practical reasons, some are planning for presentations or events later in the Rotary year.


Quarter Time ….. District Governor Peter Frueh    

Anne and I have now completed 50 of our 65 club visits and the 2017-18 Rotary year has passed the first quarter. As I reflect on those visits the following observations come to mind: 

  • Every Rotarian is unique and so are their interests and passion 
  • Every Club is unique and has its own history, rituals and personality 
  • The range of community, youth, vocational and international projects they do is amazing.


August is the month of Membership and New Club Development    

By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

Across the Rotary world, August is the month of Membership and New Club Development. 

Membership growth and retention is the highest internal priority in Rotary, across the world and in our District. New members are the lifeblood of our Clubs, bringing their vocational and other skills, energy and passion for “Making a Difference”. 


VALE – Sam Owori - 1941-2017 - Rotary International President Elect    

The Rotary world was shocked on July 14th after hearing that Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori had died following complications from surgery.

District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens spoke of her sadness and disbelief having shared some of Sam’s journey at the Atlanta Convention. Bronwyn reported her impressions of Sam positively, that he speaks gently and quietly, but that his message is challenging and professionally designed.  For Australia and New Zealand his presidency will provide an especially powerful link to the world but mediated by the perspective of someone with great experience of the developing African Rotarianism.


District 9800 Governor Changeover Report    

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Brighton on their stellar production of this year’s District Changeover. All involved did a wonderful job with a smooth process from start to close. MC Damien Hellard was an entertaining compere keeping everyone to time. There was even a bit of Irish dancing going on to the music of singer Sue Foley from Bahn Tre. Following his closing address for the Rotary year, District Governor Neville John made several presentations. 


District 9800 Governor 2017-2018 Peter Frueh    

Welcome to the new Rotary year. Having attended many Club Changeovers, Anne and I can feel the strong sense of community within clubs and their many supporters. Celebrations have varied widely in approach, reflecting the different history, style and approaches of each club, as well as the outgoing and incoming President’s personal style. One changeover was on a boat, one onstage at a theatre, several at wineries, at function venues or normal venues. It didn’t matter where we were, there was a strong sense of shared purpose as we celebrated a year of Rotary Serving Humanity and looked forward to Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18. 


Rotary Serving Humanity    

By Neville John, District Governor

When Rotary International President John F. Germ developed the 2016-2017 theme – Rotary Serving Humanity, he provided us with the opportunity to strengthen our clubs, focus on humanitarian work and showcase what we do in our communities and the wider world to help make them a better place. As John was quoted to say, “the only difference between a small opportunity and a great one is what you do with it”.


May 2017 – Governor’s Message - June is Rotary Fellowships Month    

The proverb “Birds of a feather flock together" has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. When applied to people, this phrase means that people who share similar interests tend to spend time with each other. Members of Rotary are like-minded people working together doing what we can with the time we have, to help others. Along the way we build friendships, some life-long.


The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration – 31 May 2017    

By District Governor Neville John

Last edition I highlighted The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration and advised that brochures and bequest forms have been emailed to all Club Presidents. If you can come along you should, because the celebration of 100 years of ‘doing good in the world’ comes once in a lifetime. It is an opportunity to bring your non-Rotary friends and corporate networks, to see and hear about the work of Rotary. We will also adding a ‘Donate’ button to the dinner website so that those who are unable to attend, can donate. You can now also nominate your club so that you are seated together.



November is Rotary Foundation Month    

Two wonderful opportunities to promote the amazing power of Rotary to the public have occurred in the last few weeks and days, with the Lift The Lid/Hat Day and World Polio Day in October.

Research into the prevention of mental health issues and Ending Polio are not small things. Everything we we do in Rotary means a lot to the lives of those we help, no matter how small we think our work might be. One person had the idea conduct research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), under the banner of Australian Rotary Health; and one person had the idea to to immunize the world to end polio.

Every Rotary project starts with one person’s idea, which is leveraged through Rotary’s huge powerful network of Clubs, Districts, Zones and Internationally. We are a vocationally diverse organization with reputable core values and when we work together, we can do anything we set our minds to.


Every Day in Rotary is like Christmas    

Since mid-July, Rebecca and I have been visiting our wonderful Rotary clubs and experiencing the amazing variety of things you are all doing to make a difference to the lives of others. It is inspiring to be part of an organisation whose unique structure enables us to work locally, in our Districts, across the State, around the country and all over the world, helping those who didn’t get our opportunities. We do things that others don’t, we achieve what Governments cannot and this is largely due to our diversity of skills, our ethical core values, our acceptance of diversity in culture, religion, ethnicity, gender age, and we owe no favours to any lobby group. The opportunity to serve is a great one, and everything we do matters, especially to those we help.


Disease Prevention and Treatment Month    

December 2016 – Governor’s Message

The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While we serve in countless ways, through The Rotary Foundation we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them. One of them is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international,  end trachoma in australia by 2021


March Area of Focus is Water and Sanitation    

District Governor Neville John

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

Topics: water & sanitation,  end trachoma in australia by 2021


District Conference 2017 – Connecting Communities – Serving Humanity    

Summary by District Governor Neville John       

The conference theme ‘Connecting Communities – Serving Humanity’ focused on social cohesion, inclusion and community resilience. We know why these things are so fundamentally important to the wellbeing of our society, and we know that generations of Australians have worked hard over many years to build a reputation for being inclusive, welcoming people who give others a fair go and are generous in helping those less fortunate.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Maternal and Child Health    

District Governors Message - April 2017

For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures, and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community. While Rotarians can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs. The area of focus for the month of April is Maternal and Child Health.


October Area of Focus - Economic and Community Development    

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

Economic and community development is one of Rotary’s six areas of The Rotary Foundation’s focus.

Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Rotary members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. We work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.


September Area of Focus is Basic Education and Literacy    

During visits to clubs I have been honoured to present badges many new members of the Rotary Family. The Member A Month Campaign is going well with many clubs already qualifying for the $1,000 grant for their new members to engage in a project. Remember, you have until 31 October 2016 to get those four new members so keep working at it.


Youth Services Month    

District Governor Julie Mason

For the past forty three years I have spent my professional career working with young people and over time I have come to appreciate their ideas, initiative and passion that usually results in positive results for other young people or those in need. It was an honour to see the charter of the first EarlyAct Club in District 9800 at Baden Powell College. Whilst Interact is a Rotary International endorsed program, EarlyAct does not enjoy that status and perhaps that should change.

The development of the “Rotary Club” for Primary School students has impressed me beyond belief as I see students commit to projects to enrich their school, local community and indeed the international community. The collection of baby clothes for East Timor, school resources for Cambodia and cans for the local Salvation Army has been achieved with planning, precision packing and a visit to Donations in Kind.

Early literacy programs have been conducted with preschool children and money raised for the Cancer Council, Bosalla Village in Cambodia and Disaster Aid in Fiji. In six years over 180 students have become Citizens of the world through a heightened sense of the power of collective service and many have gone on to join Interact at Baden Powell.


District Governor Neville John 2016-2017    

By District Governor Neville John

Each new Rotary year all Rotarians confirm their commitment to Rotary’s official motto of ‘Service above Self’ and there is a different theme to provide a new focus and inspiration to support the work of Rotarians. Every Rotary year builds on the year before it and is a base for the next. The District Changeover lunch on 26 June from Julie Mason to me was a wonderful occasion and demonstrated the close working relationship of our Governor train, which ensures consistency in the implementation of the District strategic plan and the support provided to our clubs.


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