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Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment (RYPEN)    

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Rotary International District 9800 is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 AND are year 9, 10 and 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.

Topics: youth


National Stroke Week    

4-10 September 2017

National Stroke Week is the Stroke Foundation’s annual awareness campaign. This year with the help of Medtronic International, the Stroke Foundation is focussing on delivering a grass roots campaign in regional and rural communities.

Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. It is one of the leading causes or adult disability in Australia.More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

Over 4.1 million Australians suffer from high blood pressure, a key risk factor for stroke. The lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of stroke.

Bringing the spotlight on stroke in September, we need your help to reach Australians with lifesaving messages on how they can identify the signs of stroke as well as reduce their own risk of stroke.

Depending on which activity you nominate, we will provide your designated contact with a detailed Coordinator Kit filled with tools, tips and ideas to assist in the planning of your clubs activity. This will be sent in March/April. Closer to Stroke Week a promotional kit including resources, media release, posters and merchandise will be sent to your designated contact to assist with local promotion.

Register your Rotary club online now at or email


Thomas Baker Oration - Our Digital Lives in the 2020’s    

In 2015, the Rotary Club of Melbourne decided to commemorate the contribution of its 9th President, Thomas Baker, to the fields of medicine/science/technology and philanthropy. The inaugural address was made in July 2016 by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO.

On 7 June, the 2017 Oration will be presented by the distinguished Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Chancellor of RMIT University. His inspiring topic will be “Our Digital Lives in the 2020’s”.


Comedy for a Cause    

The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park have teamed up with Comedy for a Cause to bring you a fabulous night of fun and friendship!

Saturday 27th May, 8.00pm, at Melbourne Bowling Club, 138, Union St, Windsor. 

Money raised will help us to continue to make a difference through our passion projects, RYLA sponsorships, birthing kits and much more!

It would be great to share the evening with at least 10 people from your club. This is an incredibly accessible event at only $35 a ticket! 

Tickets can be purchased online at


Rotary Club of Footscray 80th Anniversary Dinner/Art Auction    

Saturday May 27th 2017 5.30-6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks and viewing of Footscray Art Prize* exhibition Footscray Community Art Centre

45 Moreland St, Footscray

7.00 pm Anniversary Dinner and Art Auction: Croatian House 72 Whitehall St, Footscray

Cost: $75 Book online by 15th May:


My RYLA Experience    

By David Roberts

David Roberts was a RYLA participant in 2014 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brighton North. He subsequently returned as a RYLA Team member in 2016 giving back to RYLA and Rotary. David studied a Bachelor of Science at Monash University, majoring in Physiology and Psychology and has volunteered for a number of organisations, including Scouts Victoria and other youth camps.


The Salvo Hawks    

By Luke Waters, Philip Ly, SBS News. 9 SEP 201

The footy team that's helping disadvantaged Aussies kick the habit: Team sport is helping a group of footballers made up of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts confront isolation and disadvantage, and build better lives. ..

Hawthorn Rotary is sponsoring The Salvo Hawks for new sportswear and equipment. The Salvo Hawks typically play matches, during the footy season, every second Wednesday at 12.00 and train on the other Wednesdays. Their home ground is at Victoria Road Reserve, very close to Auburn Station (Melway 45G10)


Seeds of Peace    

By Past District Governor, Dr. Murray Verso

The Centenary of the ANZACs landing at Gallipoli was commemorated in April 2015 by Australians and New Zealanders in a variety of ways - historical displays, lectures, school projects, genealogical searches and the restoration of WW1 monuments. Larger crowds than usual attended the traditional dawn services and ANZAC Day marches in cities, towns and hamlets in both countries and as well as other locations around the world.


What Happens When The World's Most Famous Teen Activist Grows Up?    

Malala Yousafzai’s path from pupil in a remote region of Pakistan to one of the most famous activists in the world is formed in tragedy.

After the Taliban came to power in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, they banned girls like Malala from going to school. Malala was 11 at the time and, encouraged by her father, who ran a chain of local schools and was a longtime activist in this field, she quickly emerged as a voice for girls’ education. There was an anonymous blog on the BBC, followed by less anonymous appearances and interviews. The work came with risks, but Malala and her family underestimated how many — no one thought the militants would hurt a girl.


Café Internationale goes with a swing    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

More than 40 Rotarians and friends from five District 9800 clubs were among the 160 guests at Café Internationale’s 60th anniversary dinner on May 13. Students had been working up this special occasion since late 2016.


Beauty arises from picks and shovels    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

A dozen Rotarians and friends descended with picks, shovels and shears on the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre grounds in Kew on April 29, 2017

This was the 13th year of an annual Rotary blitz converting horrid concrete and tired grass to lush and tranquil sensory gardens.


Ian Riseley dinner meeting for D9810 and D9800    

Faye Kirkwood, Rotary Club of  Caulfield, gives an update on the recent multidistrict event which saw current Rotary International President Ian Riseley address the guests present.

This meeting was held at Milano’s and was attended by about 150 people. It was hosted by Rotary Clubs of Hampton and Sandringham. Of those I saw there from District 9800 were Club members of Glen Eira, Brighton, Brighton North, Brighton Beach, Kyneton, Hawthorn, Glenferrie, Werribee and Caulfield. Drinks were served downstairs and then we ascended to the floor above for a sit down meal.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


May 2017 – Governor’s Message - Youth Services    

By District Governor, Neville John

May is Youth Service Month and like Sir Angus Mitchell, I believe that many of our actions should be directed towards helping our young people prepare to effectively manage the future. To help them be the best they can be, by supporting the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, driver awareness, resilience and self-esteem, and in furthering their career aspirations. We can nurture them by sharing how Rotary and they can make a difference for the better. That’s one of our more important responsibilities.


Rotary Peace Fellow Update    

By Ellen Maynes , Myanmar | Consultant 

It has been an extraordinary year since I completed the Rotary Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and connections that Rotary has made possible. So far I’ve spoken at international conferences in Europe and North America, launching a global campaign on women and peace, moved countries and starting a consultancy. Yet, by far the best and most powerful thing has been becoming part of the network of 1000 peace fellows working globally to build peace and challenge conflict. In January, I had the opportunity to return to Chulalongkorn University as a teacher for Class 22 and I enjoyed sharing my learnings with the new batch of peace fellows.

Topics: rotary peace fellows


Gateway Rotaract  - Trivia 2017    

Please join us for a night of fun, laughs, and trivia: Saturday 13th May 2017 at 6:30pm for a start of 7:00pm at the Pascoe Vale RSL. 40 Cumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale.


Royce Abbey Award Presented to Ian Riseley    

Ian Riseley, the Sandringham Rotarian who will lead the Rotary World as its International President in 2017/2018, was presented with a Royce Abbey Award at a ceremony held at the RACV City Club in Melbourne on the 19th of April 2017.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


Easy fund-raising for Trachoma – can you help?    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

A great example of support for Rotary’s “End Trachoma in Australia by 2021” campaign comes from Carrol Farmer of Glen Waverley Rotary and what she calls her “Philatelic Garbology”.

Topics: end trachoma in australia by 2021


Rotary Making a Difference    

By President Del King, Rotary Club of Flemington

This year’s Conference highlighted that opportunities such as Youth Exchange can make a huge impact upon a young person’s life and kick start them to look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others as they mature. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Kristen Hilton the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rotary Youth Programs    

Rotary Clubs across Australia sponsor young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety / driver awareness, resilience and self esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.

Discover the options avaliable: - 


Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct    

By Chris Richardson, Rotary Club of Essendon North

These programs have been busy in District 9800 of late.  Rotaract is consolidating and looking to expand, Interact clubs now number 11 with a further 4 being developed, EarlyAct is humming along, and a Youth Alumni has now been established with membership expanding. Strategies to provide pathways within the 3 levels of programs are being considered as well as keeping our youth connected to Rotary with the development of the Youth Alumni. The individual members of these 3 youth programs are committed to community and doing good for others and so would make great members of Rotary in the future …


Annual District Foundation Seminar    

This year we are bringing the Foundation Grants Seminar forward to Monday May 1st and Graduate House (Carlton) and the follow week on May 8th at Kangaroo Flat Rotary.


Disaster Aid Australia 2017 Conference    

The 2017 Disaster Aid Conference will be held on Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7 at the Dandenong Club, 1579 Heatherton Road Dandenong North Victoria.

The conference is an excellent opportunity to stay in touch with Disaster Aid events, and to make suggestions and give feedback for ongoing operations.


Open Hand Children’s Home    

By Rosemary G. Kinyua, Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook

It’s official, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The Open Hand Children’s Home in Kitengela, Kenya is now tightly secured!


Youth Services - Developing Leaders for the Next Generation    

By District Governor Neville John,

Rotary has a special responsibility towards youth, and a number of initiatives must be directed to the youth of today because they become the citizens of tomorrow”. – RI President - Sir Angus Mitchell

In 1948 while preparing for his year as RI President, prominent Melbourne Rotarian, Sir Angus Mitchell had the foresight to see the importance of investing in the next generation. Rotary District 9800 Youth Service Committees offer clubs a wide range of opportunities to nominate students to participate in various programs. Leadership is a pivotal aspect of Rotary and we offer a number of very effective programs to help young people develop their leadership skills, show them how to serve their communities, build friendships, and increase their world understanding. It’s worth iterating the programs offered and their purpose:

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rochester Rotary Pie and Port Night    

Saturday 6th May, 2017 6:30pm for 7:00pm at the Old Court House Moore Street, Rochester

Cost: $30 per person

RSVP Monday 24th April

Please enclose payment with your snail mail reply Secretary Heather Watson (Pie & Port), 80 Pascoe Street, Rochester 3561 or ph: 0439 842 177 or email:

or use electronic banking   BSB 633 108 Account 1321 85521 and please label Pie & Port


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