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We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.


Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:

- We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.

- We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.

- We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.

- We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.


Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles.

Our #Structure

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

#RotaryClubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.

#RotaryInternational supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.

#TheRotaryFoundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.

Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

Our #partners

When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this “the Rotary effect.” From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners, including:

✓ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
✓ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
✓ Global FoodBanking Network
✓ Shelter Box
✓ United Nations
✓ World Health Organization.

Looking to partner with a local club, or even the global organization?

Visit #MyRotary to learn more about becoming a Rotary partner.

Our #leadership

What does it take to be a leader with Rotary? Integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service—all the qualities that make Rotary members extraordinary. We look for these qualities in all our leadership positions, including our elected President and Board of Directors, who lead Rotary International, our appointed Trustee Chair and Board of Trustees, who run The Rotary Foundation, and our General Secretary and executive staff, who provide long-term oversight of the organization. Members of each Rotary club elect their own leadership.


We've been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we've taken on some of the world's toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started.


Responsible leadership means more than just doing good work—it means making the most out of every donation we receive.

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We had Sam & Naomi talk to the club and present us with a 'P' plate from the lasted print run. Showing the Rotary Logo. Please read below and email received from Tim Nolan, secretary of TRAG.
(I have added the date of presentations to our events list. Could I encourage members to attend)
see Sam's presentation here Sam Howe
Good Morning Linda,
Thank you so much for having Sam Howe and Naomi McMaster attend your last meeting on May 15th to update you on the production and distribution of the Red Message “P” plate and to formally thank you all for your contribution to this important project.
Please accept my personal thanks for your support and most generous contribution.
Naomi mentioned that she did not have the current schedule of our upcoming presentations on hand at the meeting and has asked if I can send them to you so that if any of your members should wish to attend they can see which date and session would be most suitable for them, they would be most welcome. If they could let our Project manager, Cindy Last ( ) know they intend to come and which session, that would be most appreciated.
Thanks you once again,
Kind regards,
Tim Nolan
Timothy Nolan
Teenagers Road Accident Group - TRAG
DRIVE 4 Life
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New book praises Rotary's role in fight to end polio


“Who decided to rid the world of polio? Not politicians or global health organizations, as you might expect,” she writes, in one of several chapters devoted to polio. “The starting gun was fired by Rotary International, a network of businessmen more used to enjoying convivial dinners, raising money for local good causes, and organizing floats to carry Santa Claus around suburban neighborhoods at Christmas.”

Bartlett offers a comprehensive, readable account of the polio-eradication campaign’s history and Rotary’s unlikely role as its chief advocate. From epidemiologist John Sever’s early suggestion that Rotary adopt ending polio as an organizational mission to the first immunization drives in the Philippines and Central and South America, the world community doubted both the idea of a campaign targeting a single disease and Rotary’s capacity as a volunteer organization to execute it.

The narrative traces Rotary’s mission to reach all the world’s children with Albert Sabin’s polio vaccine, the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and the struggle to interrupt transmission in the world’s poorest communities, particularly in densely populated countries like India, which has not reported a new case since 2011.

“Polio eradication is a twentieth-century dream, conceived by idealists and driven by big international institutions and mass mobilizations of volunteers, working together to make a better world for all,” Bartlett writes. “It must succeed or fail, however, in a twenty-first century marked by factionalism, religious intolerance, and rising inequality.”

Aziz Memon, chair of Rotary’s National PolioPlus Committee in Pakistan, is interviewed about the challenges facing his country, one of the few where polio remains endemic and conflict has slowed progress. Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus at Rotary headquarters, weighs in on the contributions of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in both funding and high-profile advocacy. Other prominent voices from Rotary’s GPEI partners chime in throughout.

Based in London, Bartlett has previously worked in politics and written for Newsweek and Wired. She’s produced documentary films and written nonfiction books, including a biography of musician Dusty Springfield and a collaboration with Anne Frank’s stepsister Eva Schloss on Schloss’ memoirs.

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What has Rotaract done for me?

Given that District Governor Lynne Westland has promoted the importance of Rotaract at the recent District Conference, it is time to share a Rotaract story. Rotaractors are an important part of District 9820.
From Rotary Voices Posted on March 13, 2017 By Emily Wood, Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane

By Emily Wood, Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane, Australia

I’ve been a member of Rotaract — Rotary’s community service and professional development program for young leaders age 18-30 — for ten years. As I age out or “graduate,” I’ve started thinking about what Rotaract has done for me and how it’s shaped who I am today. A decade is a long time to stick with something. So, why have I?

Opportunity. Through Rotaract, I’ve had the opportunity to do many amazing things:

  • I’ve traveled the world to experience different cultures and participate in projects.
  • I’ve lived and studied abroad as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
  • I’ve attended four Rotary International Conventions (Montreal, Bangkok, Lisbon and Sydney) where I’ve heard from and connected with some truly impressive individuals who are making the world a better place.
  • I’ve attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), a week-long personal and professional development program that helps you figure out what you want in life and equips you with the skills you need to achieve your goals.
  • I’ve received training in leadership, time management, project planning, event coordination, public speaking, governance, and much more.
  • I’ve served on local, national and international committees, helping shape the future of this great organisation.
  • I’ve been given free rein to develop and implement public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns for my club and district.

Experience. At the age of 23, I was invited to serve on the Rotary District 9630 Public Relations Committee. In my first year, I helped deliver new brand positioning (informed by research I undertook as part of my post-graduate degree), a bus advertising campaign, a new district website, new marketing collateral, and media and communication skills training. I will be forever grateful to the Rotarians who put their faith in me, and gave me the opportunity to test and further develop my skills. Not many people receive opportunities like this so early in their careers.

Confidence. Long gone is the girl who was terrified of public speaking — or even putting forward opinions in a meeting. Rotaract helped me overcome my fears. It’s amazing how fear slips away when you are in a comfortable, supportive environment, surrounded by people who share your passions. As president of my club, I gained invaluable people and project management skills, and developed the confidence to chair meetings, plan projects and run training sessions. I’ve since served as a keynote speaker and panelist at local, national and international conferences, speaking to audiences of 200-plus people. I’ve also established a reputation at work for being calm and confident under pressure.

Life-long friendships. Rotaract has given me the most amazing network of friends — here at home and in almost every corner of the globe. These wonderful individuals have made my life so much richer. They are passionate and talented, and make a real and tangible difference in the lives of others. We’ve shared many adventures and I look forward to sharing many more.

This week is World Rotaract Week. It’s the last time I’ll be celebrating as a Rotaractor, but not the last time I’ll be celebrating this great organisation.

If you’re a young adult aged 18 to 30 interested in helping others, developing new skills and having a great time, then Rotaract is for you. Find a club and get involved — you won’t regret it!

Celebrate World Rotaract Week 13-19 March. Share what you are doing on social using #WorldRotaractWeek to be featured on our hashtag wall.

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Monday 27th March 2017, Radio National interviewed Professor Michael Good, a Malaria research scientist, about a new break through in the treatment of Malaria. Rotary was mentioned several times through out the interview.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
Click more to find out more about Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) and how you can help!
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Rotary Foundation Receives Top Honor

The Rotary Foundation, charitable arm of Rotary, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said interim AFP President and CEO Jason Lee in a press release

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Last Wednesday, Rotary Clubs of Hastings Western Port, Somerville/Tyabb and Mornington joined forces to assemble 10 hands for the Helping Hands Program.  With the assistance of Dandenong Rotary Club we were able to complete the task.  There were lots of arghhh sounds as we fumbled our way through.  At the end of night there was much satisfaction and smiles all round as we proudly showed off our completed hands.  Heather did a great job of decorating the bags in which the hands were placed in for distribution.
Read more about the helping hands project, and watch the youtube clip
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Do you truly appreciate the significance of being a part of this glorious past and present? As Rotarians, you are special people and millions around the world would be happy to confirm that fact.

What is a Rotarian?

• A Rotarian is a person who digs wells from which they will never drink,

• A person who vaccinates children they will never meet,

• Who restores sight for those they will never see,

• Who builds houses they will never live in,

• Who educates children they will never know,

• Who plants trees they will never sit under,

• Who feeds hungry people, regardless of race, religion or politics,

• Who makes crawlers walk half a world away,

• Who knows real happiness, which as Albert Schweitser said, can only be found by serving others.

What does it mean to be a Rotarian? 2017-02-25 13:00:00Z 0

District 9820 Youth Exchange

January sees 16 student from our district embark on a life changing 12 months.  
Work has begun for the 2018 youth exchange program.  We have received notification from the Youth Exchange chairman asking for expressions of interest from clubs who may be considering sponsoring a student.

Youth Exchange offers:

Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and peace. The Rotary Youth Exchange program provides thousands of young students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.

The program offers numerous benefits to its young participants and their Rotarian hosts and mentors, as well as to the community at large. Through Youth Exchange, students learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country.  As their concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.  Immersion in another country’s educational system enhances their academic and personal growth.  Host clubs and families and the entire community are enriched by extended, friendly contact with someone from a different culture
Our club has previously been involved with Youth Exchange, perhaps we have the opportunity to do so again?
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January is Vocation Month

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”: • High ethical standards in business and professions • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions: • Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations. • Use your professional skills to serve a community. • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions. • Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations. • Guide and encourage others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.
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Rotary unites more than a million people

Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.

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Rotary District 9820 59th Annual District Conference, Friday 24th March – Sunday 26th March 2017. 


District Governor (2016-2017) Lynne Westland and Trevor, together with the Rotary Club of Casey, invite you to “COME AND JOIN US” in Hobart.

The Wrest Point Convention Centre is located on the stunning Derwent River, opposite the famous Constitution Deck.  Take a few days before or after the conference, there is so much to see and do.  The region is famous for its wineries and cheese tastings.  There is the infamous town of Richmond with its heritage bridge, Wine Glass Bay and the historic village of Port Arthur are places not to be missed.  There is also the Tahune Air Walk, Mona Art Gallery and for the more adventurous Rotarians, you can hike up or around Cradle Mountain or visit the magnificent waterfalls and nature walks on offer.  The Conference will be held in the world class auditorium at Wrest Point and will include the Saturday morning at Salamanca Market.

Getting there is easy … you can fly or go over on the Spirit of Tasmania which offers an incredible experience with great entertainment and good food.  There are accommodation choices to suit all tastes and accommodation at Wrest Point is now open.

Book by telephoning 1800 030 611 and quote 699172.

Our theme is ‘Children Are Our Future’ and our guest speakers will inspire and amaze you.  More information will be available throughout the year.

Make a note in your diary now and start planning for our fantastic 2017 Rotary D9820 Conference.

Trevor and I look forward to seeing you there …… ‘Come and join us’!


More Information

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Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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