Christian Miguel da Silva and other Youth Exchange students at a Rotary conference in Mexicali in 2004-05.

Being part of the Rotary family made me a more complete professional. But that’s not all. I feel that the experience changed my relationship with the world for the better. These are learnings that make sure that, wherever I am, I am able to get ahead and do something more.

Rotary changed the way I see the world The Editor 2019-12-07 13:30:00Z 0
Rotary provides millions in polio funding as wild poliovirus type 3 is eradicated US$50 million will impact over 38 million children as the program reaches two key milestones: wild poliovirus type 3 eradication and Africa reaching three years with no wild poliovirus transmission

Rotary is giving US$50 million in grants  2019-11-10 13:30:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2019
Sunday 22nd September at the Regal Cinema, Kensington Park
So why not ‘Ride a Winner Now’ and spend the money you will loose on the first Tuesday in November and feel good about helping to Eradicate Polio.
Ride a winner for End POLIO The Editor 2019-09-14 14:30:00Z 0
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As reported in the Whyalla News, Cummins Area School won the Whyalla Rotary Club Science and Engineering Challenge for the fourth time in a row with a score of 1350. Pictured from left to right are Rotary President Keith Sichler, students Arila O'Brian and Mitchell Laube, and Rotary District 9500 Governor Jane Owens.
Whyalla hosts science challenge  The Editor 2019-08-12 14:30:00Z 0
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SCASA Awards, (formally ACSO) are now open and applications are available directly on the website. Applications close on 30th August 2019, so look at the website to select an Award type and download the application.  Website is:
SCASA Awards (formally ACSO) The Editor 2019-07-19 14:30:00Z 0
Whyalla Conference 2020 - bookings open Graham Fussen 2019-07-12 14:30:00Z 0
 Following a visit by Shanghai Rotarians to our District Conference in Hahndorf where they shared their amazing 100 year journey of resilience, attached is a great package deal to visit for their centenary and China for 8 nights (Shanghai & Hongkong). The cost effective package is only possible if we can get a group of 20 minimum – all Rotarians and friends are welcome.
Check out the attached brochure  - bookings can be made at any of the 10 Phil Hoffman Travel outlets listed on the attached brochure. It is packaged to suit the Rotary Club of Shanghai’s Centenary Celebration on the 18th October and includes staying in first class hotels with full buffet breakfast each day,  private hotel transfers, visas, gratuities and a local guided tour including entry fees in each city....all prearranged. For further info call PDG David Egan on 0422 817 868 who is going on the trip with his wife Chris.
GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE CHINA & ROTARY IN CHINA  Graham Fussen 2019-07-11 14:30:00Z 0

Posted on June 11, 2019 - Munkhtuul Nyamdorf, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, checks out the four priorities of Rotary’s new strategic plan in the Future of Rotary Booth during the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International.

New Rotary club models enhance connections The Editor 2019-06-23 14:30:00Z 0
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Bill Gates was just a few months old when the first polio vaccine was developed in 1955. Now the American philanthropist is at the forefront with Rotary in the fight against polio. He used a district conference in Spokane, Washington, USA, to thank Rotarians for their leadership and dedication to eradicate the disease from the planet.
Bill Gates thanks Rotary for taking lead in fight against polio The Editor 2019-05-26 14:30:00Z 0

By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary
Innovation and flexibility. Those are two words you hear a lot today when we think about any organization adapting to a rapidly changing environment.  But what do those two words mean for Rotary?
In short, they will define Rotary’s future, because they are fundamental pillars of our strategic plan for enhanced impact, reach, engagement and adaptability.
If we are really serious about growing Rotary and attracting new members from all demographics, we must innovate.

How do we innovate at Rotary?  The Editor 2019-05-26 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on May 15, 2019
After a nine-day hiatus, another person associated with polio vaccination work fell victim to the renewed wave of targeted attacks on those involved in protecting children against the crippling disease. Abdullah Jan, 35, was going home on a motorbike when unidentified assailants shot him dead in the Thani area, some 20 kilometres from Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur tribal district, officials and locals said on Sunday.
'We need to continually support this program to Eradicate POLIO forever'.
Another polio officer shot dead The Editor 2019-05-14 14:30:00Z 0
Lest We Forget 2019-04-24 14:30:00Z 0
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This is a message from the three Rotary Club Presidents in Christchurch regarding the recent terror attack in their peaceful city of Christchurch.
This senseless and cruel act is something beyond comprehension. Rotary is about building communities not tearing them down and one of our most important objects is fostering international understanding and peace, not war.  We are about caring for and supporting people and communities in their time of distress and need.
Please consider supporting the appeal by the Presidents of the three Rotary Clubs in Christchurch and sharing their email with your members, along with this message at this very sad time.
District 9500 Governor  David Egan
Christchurch Support The Editor 2019-03-18 13:30:00Z 0

Stephanie Woollard went from Down Under to the top of the world to find out if one person can make a difference.

The clacking of sewing machines fills the sunlit room until word spreads that the bus has arrived. At that, a dozen women clad in pink kurtas file into the courtyard of the Seven Women Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. They smile widely as a group of Australian women led by a tall blonde enters through the iron gate. Stephanie Woollard bends down to let Sandhya Khadgi, the center’s bookkeeper and literacy trainer, put a dot of red powder on her forehead and a red flower petal atop her head in a gesture of welcome. Woollard has arrived with a group of Rotary members and friends to tour the center that she founded and whose goal is to improve the lives of women in Nepal.
Putting power in hands of women The Editor 2019-03-12 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 26, 2019

Happy Australia to all Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends providing a Community Service during this weekend, stay safe and enjoy.
Australia Day The Editor 2019-01-25 13:30:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2019

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp.
By Produced by 

Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.
He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.
Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  
The Rotary Foundation - Doing Good 2019-01-13 13:30:00Z 0
As we are experiencing extreme heat, please take notice of the following graphic published by SA Health.
Look out for each other The Editor 2018-12-26 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Ryan Hyland

Rotary clubs in Canada invest in the PACT program, an urban peace initiative that aims to break the cycle of youth crime.  Akeem Stephenson wanted to go to jail. He believed it was the only way he could free himself from a life of crime — a life he desperately wanted to change. 

After being arrested for a fourth time more than 10 years ago, for aggravated robbery, the teenager in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was set to go to prison. But the judge saw something in Stephenson that suggested that he could redeem himself. So he gave Stephenson a choice: participate in an 18-month youth program, or serve the six-month sentence. - by Ryan Hyland Produced by Andrew Chudzinski.

Turning Teens away from crime Ryan Hyland 2018-12-07 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Nov 05, 2018
         Consider Your Own Charity Foundation
November is Rotary Foundation Month – So let us create a better future for the next generation. The Rotary Foundation transforms your donations into projects that change lives locally and internationally. During the last 100 years, the Foundation has turned out $ 3 billion for sustainable projects that can change the quality of life for the better. Thanks to your help we can improve the quality of life in your community and around the world.
Rotary Foundation month The Editor 2018-11-04 13:30:00Z 0
Report from the Adelaide Group
for D9500 and D9520
Kevin Hales of the RC Goolwa collecting a ShelterBox demonstration kit from Greg Love to show this weekend at their President’s Open Garden Show. That will be the 10th presentation or display in Rotary District 9500 and 9520 in this four week period. The other clubs involved are Seaford, Yankalilla, Prospect, Whyalla, Seaford and Hyde Park. 
ShelterBox - Adelaide report The Editor 2018-11-02 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Love on Oct 18, 2018
Be part of the action | Volunteer for ShelterBox Adelaide Training and Information Day. We’re looking to connect with our current South Australian volunteers and expand our team. Every volunteer is instrumental in providing shelter to families after disaster, wherever they are in the world. Join us for a morning in Adelaide on 27th October 2018 to upgrade your ShelterBox skills or for newcomers learn about what we do.
ShelterBox Training Day in Adelaide 27th October Greg Love 2018-10-17 13:30:00Z 0
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On congratulating DG's Peter Schaefer and Bob Cooper on an outstanding combined district conference in Tanunda during the weekend, D9500 DGE David Egan announced plans to hold the 2019 District Conference at Hahndorf. The conference will be held at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre part of the Hahndorf Resort.
2019 Conference in Hahndorf The Editor 2018-03-25 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen
Lift the Lid on Mental Illness is Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research. The campaign, founded by ARH Vice Chairman Greg Ross, started in 2016 in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Victoria. The event was such a success that it has now been extended to all Rotary Clubs across Australia. Each year approximately 1-in-5 Australians will experience a mental illness and in order to help future generations of young Australians, we need to look ahead through research and find out how we can prevent this type of illness occurring.
Lift the LID on mental illness Graham Fussen 2018-02-08 13:30:00Z 0
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The E-Club and OPAL (SA Health) have launched our major project, Food For Health providing Healthy alternatives for a Healthier Lifestyle. The key focus of this project is to promote better food choices for a healthier lifestyle. Community Organisations and Service Clubs have an important role to play in encouraging these healthier lifestyles. This can be achieved by adopting guidelines and recipes from our website which will help our commitment to serve humanity by keeping you and your family healthy.
Making a Difference with Food For Health The Editor 2018-01-27 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 26, 2018
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

Click here to visit website
Rotary's investment to Fight Against Polio  The Editor 2018-01-25 13:30:00Z 0
Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia. The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. But it is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness. The work of the Australian Government, the Fred Hollows Foundation and Indigenous Eye Health to treat trachoma infections has seen rates in affected communities reduced substantially. But now, we need to ensure that hygiene practices and the community environments are improved to completely eliminate the disease.
EndTrachoma by 2020 Story The Editor 2018-01-24 13:30:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2018
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large. Rassin, 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.
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to 'Be the Inspiration' The Editor 2018-01-14 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 10, 2018
Here is a great opportunity to Make a Difference and support the Eradication of POLIO, by having a night out to see "BREATH"  - The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Film night supporting The Eradication of POLIO The Editor 2018-01-09 13:30:00Z 0
Combined District Conference creating a Difference The Editor 2018-01-07 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by By Diana Schoberg on Jan 06, 2018
At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in June, world leaders were on hand to celebrate a historic $1.2 billion in commitments to finance polio eradication. It was a huge moment for the polio eradication effort. But how did it come about?
Behind the scenes of polio eradication By Diana Schoberg 2018-01-05 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Nov 15, 2017

Dear fellow Rotarians,

November is Foundation Month, and time for us to take a look at where we are in our Rotary Foundation: what it’s done, what it’s helping us do now, and how we can move forward.

Last Rotary year, our Foundation received US$304 million in total contributions: that included $140 million to the Annual Fund, $28 million to the Endowment Fund, and $108 million to PolioPlus. All of those gifts are now hard at work, Doing Good in the World: supporting Rotary’s work today and strengthening our organization for tomorrow. The Foundation approved 494 district grants and 1,260 global grants, with a total of $111 million in funding.
Join us in celebrating Foundation Month The Editor 2017-11-14 13:30:00Z 0
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Jason Booth is the principal optometrist at Flinders Vision and a lecturer at Flinders University. He received the award for 'significant service to optometry as a clinical educator, to professional organisations, and to international humanitarian eye care programs'.  He is the team leader for the annual Rotary Australia World Community Service Eye Camp field trips to Nepal, a position he has held since 2004. Since 2006, he has been the volunteer and ground co-ordinator for trips to Mongolia.
SA Optometrist Jason Booth & Rotarian receives Member of the Order of Australia The Editor 2017-09-27 14:30:00Z 0
Announcement 2018 Joint District Conference The Editor 2017-08-30 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Aug 23, 2017
What motivates everyday women to do extraordinary things — to positively change the lives of people halfway around the world while inspiring so many folks at home? Three Rotary members answered that question at a celebration of International Women’s Day hosted by the World Bank at its Washington, D.C., headquarters 8 March. By 
Women share stories of humanitarian service on International Women's Day  The Editor 2017-08-22 14:30:00Z 0
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ATLANTA, Ga. (June 12, 2017) – Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.
To an audience of nearly 33,900 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450m to End Polio The Editor 2017-08-21 14:30:00Z 0
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The new E-Club of District 9500 has no boundaries. It’s open to the world! Read this explanation by Inaugural President, Eric Russell.
 “The Rotary e-club of Greater South Oz 9500 is geographically based in the city and the state of South Australia; however as our Rotary International location is worldwide our members can live anywhere in the world. While our members meet regularly on-line through this website, there is an opportunity for working together on projects to meet community needs in any country or locality.
new E-Club creating interest The Editor 2017-08-20 14:30:00Z 0
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 Boat races on a sandy creek bed attracts lots of attention!!!  Alice Springs one again came alive to put on one of the greatest iconic events drawing crowds from all corners of the globe. In the event's 56th year competitors and spectators came together supporting Alice Springs 3 Rotary Clubs major fundraising event.  
Henley On Todd 'better than a grand final' The Editor 2017-08-19 14:30:00Z 0
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Peter Schaefer has just shared a most amazing three-day experience, hosting the RI President Ian Riseley in Alice Springs on his official visit to the Central Australia region. The weather was marvellous throughout his visit and Ian commented daily on the ‘horizon to horizon’ expanse of blue skies.
District Governor hosts RI President in Alice Springs  The Editor 2017-07-30 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jul 15, 2017
Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.  
Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.
Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies The Editor 2017-07-14 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jul 08, 2017
Newly inducted District Governor Peter Schaefer has vowed to Make a Difference to the Lives of Others during the Rotary year 2017-2018. As a member of Alice Springs Rotary, Peter is the first District Governor to be chosen from the Clubs in Central Australia and he is looking forward to the year visiting Clubs throughout the State.
Photo of Peter and Jennifer.  
Making a Difference for 2017-2018 The Editor 2017-07-07 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by John Pohl on Jun 20, 2017
This is my last DG Newsletter. Hasn’t the year flown – it seems like yesterday that I was preparing for my club visits. It has been a very rewarding and enjoyable year for me as I travelled around the State meeting the Rotarians in our District. Every club I visited made me very welcome and made my time with the club very worthwhile and informative. I have witnessed outstanding projects contributing to our communities right across the state.
Good things are happening in all our clubs and we need to let the community know what we are doing whenever we can. We need to put our Rotary story out there. It has been a pleasure to publicise club activities in the DG Newsletter and in ROTIAC and I must thank the editors, Lynne Layng and Jeff Cluse for their great efforts this year – a job well done! I would like to extend my best wishes to incoming DG Peter Schaefer, for a great year – I know he will receive the same unstinting support that you gave me. Click here to download newsletter.
District Governor's Newsletter for June John Pohl 2017-06-19 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by John Pohl on May 12, 2017
Welcome to the May Newsletter. This is the ‘Youth’ edition as we are in the RYLA/RYPEN/NYSF season. Please consider sponsoring young people to take part in these leadership activities. It is very rewarding and enriching to hear of their experiences when they come back and talk at your club. Many of our sponsored young people have gone on to the international level in RYLA and NYSF, an outcome which has changed their lives.
We are coming in to the Presidential Changeover season and I would like to pass on my best wishes to all incoming Club officers. Leading a Rotary Club is a great experience and one to look forward to.
Please seriously consider whether your club or group of clubs can initiate ad VTT event. The District is offering financial support to assist you to make it happen. Details are in the Newsletter.
Enjoy the remainder of this Rotary year – it has gone very quickly. Click here to download newsletter.
District Governor's Newsletter for May John Pohl 2017-05-11 14:30:00Z 0
Great Conference in Geelong The Editor 2017-03-25 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Mar 24, 2017
Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary International, the reward of "paying it forward" unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
A Special Kind of Rotarian The Editor 2017-03-23 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Mar 04, 2017
As Guest Speaker at the Geelong Conference March 23rd to 26th, Robert Pennicott will present his Remarkable Journey on the circumnavigation of Australia and Tasmania in an outboard-driven boat. They departed Sydney on the 2nd June 2011 and travelled anticlockwise around the entire coast of Australia in two 5.4m Naiad RIBs (18ft dinghies). They arrived back in Sydney on the 11th September. Their trip was divided into 77 segments, ranging from 60 to 420 miles. On 48 of the segments, two seats were auctioned to the highest bidder to raise funds for Rotary's Polio Eradication and conservation.
A Remarkable Journey around Australia The Editor 2017-03-03 13:30:00Z 0
A Sea Change in Geelong for ROTARY The Editor 2017-03-02 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Mar 03, 2017
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people — children, families, and entire communities — benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation. When you give to Rotary, you enable local leaders to create sustainable solutions to their community's most pressing needs.
Give the Gift of Rotary The Editor 2017-03-02 13:30:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation  receives top honour  The Editor 2017-03-01 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Feb 28, 2017
hs-mike-bradySupremo Mike Brady is just one of the line up great speakers at the Rotary District Conference at Geelong. The 3 day event 24th March to 26th March will finish on the Sunday with a performance by Mike and presenting the highlights of his life of memories.

Mike Brady had established recording studios in Melbourne, Australia and has continued to work in advertising, writing jingles such as “Dodo, Dodo, internet that flies” for Dodo Internet and “Lucky you’re with AAMI”. He continued to write material for the VFL.

In the early 1980s he reworked “Up There Cazaly” into a theme song for the Sydney Swans’ relocation into Sydney. Mike also co-wrote and produced another popular AFL (Australian Football League) jingle, “That’s What I Like About Football”, sung by Greg Champion. “Up There Cazaly” was reworked in 1999 with Haley White for its 20th anniversary.

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“Up There Cazaly” now showing at the Rotary Geelong Conference, March 2017 The Editor 2017-02-27 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by John Pohl on Feb 26, 2017
Welcome to the February edition of the Newsletter. Time really does fly. It does not seem so long ago that we were celebrating 100 years of Rotary and now we have just witnessed our 112th birthday on 23 February.  The chartering of the Interact club of Port Pirie is a milestone for the District and credit to the efforts of the RC of Port Pirie for bringing this project to fruition. You will notice that the Youth Exchange program is alive and well in the District with students ‘going out’ and ‘coming in’.  Future sponsors are needed to ensure the viability of this project – contact the Chair of the committee, Ian Howlett, if you or your club can be a part of this program.  Click Here to Download
District Governor's February Newsletter John Pohl 2017-02-25 13:30:00Z 0
Celebrate our Achievements - Women in Rotary PDG Barbara Wheatcroft 2017-02-23 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Feb 04, 2017
A generous donation of a ‘Heart Start Defibrillator’ to the Modbury Bowling Club by Tea Tree Gully Rotary ‘has saved a life’. When Paramedics arrived they were able to stabilise the Patient who had 3 Heart Start Charges performed by an on duty Nurse, which saved his life.
Heart Start Defibrillator - Saves a Life  The Editor 2017-02-03 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Pohl on Jan 22, 2017
Welcome to a New Year. It will be a big year for the District with our Geelong Conference in March highlighting the first half of the year. It will be an exciting conference with top flight speakers at a great venue. I look forward to seeing you there. There are some great projects going on across the District and I urge clubs to use the DG Newsletter and the ROTIAC to spread the word about their projects – let’s share the good news.  Click Here to Download Newsletter.
District Governor's Newsletter January 2017 DG John Pohl 2017-01-21 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Alun Hughes on Jan 19, 2017
For 29 years ROMAC has been one of Rotary’s most successful health programs, saving the lives of more than 420 children from island communities of the Southwest Pacific. The Central Region ROMAC committee in conjunction with the Rotary Club of  Salisbury D9500 and Rotary Club of  Burnside D9520 invite you to our inaugural gala night to celebrate the ongoing success of ROMAC (25th February 2017) The children come from overseas for treatment that cannot be performed in their own country so the funds raised are spent in Australia and New Zealand. Join us for a delicious three-course meal, with bar service, great music from the 50s, 60s and 70s performed by the very talented “Buddies 4”, including dancing for those who would like to trip the light fantastic!
WEAR RED FOR ROMAC GALA NIGHT  PDG Alun Hughes 2017-01-18 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 10, 2017
Would you like to help Rotary Eradicate POLIO for ever!
Then join us at a special movie pre-release of  "HIDDEN FIGURES" a brilliant true story of Katherine Johnson, one of three brilliant African-American women at NASA. They are the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
Your are invited to the Movies - Hidden Figures The Editor 2017-01-09 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Pohl on Dec 23, 2016
My hope is for a safe and enjoyable festive season for all Rotarians and your families. Attached is our Christmas edition of the District Governor’s Newsletter. Once again, Editor Lynne Layng has done a great job in putting together all the information about Club Projects. We still need to publicise our new members, so could Club Secretaries please let Lynne know about them.
There is more great news from Clubs, like Kidman Park and Henley Beach celebrating a birthday milestone for Norm Lewis, 100 years on Christmas Eve. There is an extraordinary achievement by Modbury Club and once again The Toy Boys are active by distributing more than 150 toys to several local charities.
Port Pirie’s longest-serving member has just notched up 57 years, and Clare has established a strong partnership to Local Councils to facilitate programs that will benefit the local community.
The District Conference in Geelong is creeping up on us – have you registered yet?  The link is in the Newsletter. Please join us!
Christmas is the time for giving and this was acutely brought home to me last Saturday. I spent the evening at the invitation of  Sharka Byrne from the Mawson Lakes Club with her and about 20 volunteers serving drinks and meals to more than 140 homeless people at the Salvation Army headquarters in Pirie Street. It was a very humbling experience to be a part of this selfless work that is a regular event at this venue.  Download Newsletter Click Here
District Governors Newsletter December 2016 DG John Pohl 2016-12-22 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Nov 04, 2016
60 MINUTES 2016 Channel 9:  When Gemma Sisia used to tell people her dream was to build a school for the poorest of the poor kids of Africa, she’d be told it was a nice idea but that she was mad and it would never happen. However, for the farm girl from Armidale in northern New South Wales, all those doubters were exactly the incentive she needed to start raising money.
Gem of Africa The Editor 2016-11-03 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Oct 21, 2016
At the Rotary Carousel on the Foreshore Semaphore  Sunday October 2nd   1pm to 3pm.   We’re having a Hat Day event to raise money for mental health. It’s a fun and positive way we can all get involved to show out support for people affected by anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, anorexia, and other serious mental health conditions.
By wearing a hat and making a donation you will be helping to bring attention to mental health.
We’ll be raising funds for PhD Scholarships and Research Grants focussed on finding preventions, treatments and cures for a broad range of mental illnesses.
Every cent raised of your Hat Day donation goes to funding high quality research projects around the country through Australian Rotary Health.
Have fun at the Rotary Carousel The Editor 2016-10-20 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Pohl on Oct 20, 2016
Welcome to my October DG Newsletter.  As I travel around the clubs, I cannot help but be impressed by the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the members. The nature and diversity of the projects is very humbling and makes me proud to be a Rotarian. To see Rotarians in action in so many arenas is inspirational and this issue of the Newsletter that Lynne Layng has put together contains reports of some very active Rotarians.  Click Here to Download
District Governor's October Newsletter DG John Pohl 2016-10-19 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Sep 30, 2016
Friendship is one of the top reasons members join and stay in Rotary. To boost these ties, Rotary Fellowships offer members, spouses, and Rotaractors the chance to connect with one another while enjoying their favorite recreational or professional pursuits. Over 60 Rotary Fellowships cover interests from tennis to wine, marathon running to cooking, scuba diving to recreational vehicles, jazz to computers, and more.
Rotary Fellowships: Mixing passion, friendship, and service The Editor 2016-09-29 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Sep 17, 2016
OUT OF AFRICA Women’s Health in Kenya ~ Helping Those Less Fortunate.
Lucia Gauci (RC of Prospect) and Susan Paltridge (Pres RC of Walkerville) explained at the recent Club meeting of the work being done in partnership with World Youth International (WYI) at the Mama Odede Health Centre in Western Kenya.  Lucia outlined the 2015/2016 District Grant Women’s Health project, through which our club sponsored 62 Odede community families, for seven months of free health cover provided by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in Kenya.
OUT OF AFRICA Women’s Health in Kenya  The Editor 2016-09-16 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Jessie Harman on Sep 17, 2016
Young people want to be office bearers and meaningful leaders in Rotary, and they want to support causes that they can relate to – these were just two of the many findings from the Australian National Youth Summit held recently in Canberra.
Held in parallel with the National Membership Success Seminar, the Youth Summit brought together around 25 young people from Rotary, Rotaract, and Youth Exchange.  It was facilitated by young Rotarians Damian Leach, Kaye Titmarsh and Natalie Jupe.
Rotarians on the Path to Change PDG Jessie Harman 2016-09-16 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Sep 09, 2016
The Voice of Rotary new website is just the spot to find Radio Interviews and selected Rotary International Videos. Extending the Public Relations arm of Rotary, the website will interesting good news stories and links for PR Brochures and direct links to District Websites for 9500 & 9520.
Voice of Rotary - new website The Editor 2016-09-08 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor
The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up one spot to 93rd in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary’s mission.
The Rotary Foundation scores 96% The Editor 2016-09-02 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by John Pohl on Aug 20, 2016
Welcome to the second issue of the District Governor’s Newsletter. Thank you to the many clubs who have provided details of their projects. It makes inspirational reading to see what is going on in our Rotary world. I am well into my club visits schedule and I sincerely thank the clubs I have attended for the very warm welcomes and hospitality I have received.
This month will be a very busy time as I will be spending a week with the Alice Springs clubs, including working with them at ‘Henley on Todd’. I will have a couple of days to recover and then off to the Rotary Institute Conference in Sydney for a week. Thank you to the many clubs that sent a representative to the recent Membership Summit. Please seriously consider becoming  a Pilot Club for the District Membership drive, the application form is on the District website.  Download Newsletter Now
DG Newsletter August 2016 John Pohl 2016-08-19 14:30:00Z 0
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Great Ideas for Keeping new Members connected is one of the segments in this months Rotary Leader.
Rotary Leader July edition is now available for download. In this edition,
CLUB CLINIC, Earn a 2016-17 Presidential Citation
OUR FOUNDATION, Visit our Rotary Foundation Centennial website
MEMBERSHIP, Practical tips for engaging new members
SPREAD THE WORD, What you should know about the 2016 Council on Legislation Rotarians discuss changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs at the Council on Legislation in Chicago.
Click Here to Download Rotary Leader Newsletter
Practical tips to keep new members connected The Editor 2016-07-11 14:30:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2016
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian.  Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special needs children will play baseball – all before zipping to the airport for a flight to Chicago and a cab ride to Rotary International World Headquarters, where he takes office as president of RI this month.
RI President John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga The Editor 2016-07-02 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Layng on Jun 30, 2016
Here is my District Newsletter for June 2016. In my last edition, I have given a short report of our Rotary year, which has been a great journey for Myself and Lynne.

I sincerely thank my District Secretary, the District Management Team, District Finance Team, District Team Leaders and my Assistant Governors. I could not have chosen better people. Your time and energy were such great assets to the District. Very special thanks to my “rock”, best friend and wife, Lynne, who kept me on track and was my champion throughout this journey. Click Here to Download Newsletter
DG Newsletter for June 2016 Doug Layng 2016-06-29 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jun 18, 2016
Rotary Convention attendees were treated to a surprise visit from Paul Harris during the opening session of the Korea convention on Sunday, 29 May 2016.
An animated hologram of Rotary's founder joined RI President K.R. Ravindran on stage, and proceeded to talk about Rotary's growth from a small club in Chicago to an international organization that is changing the world.
Our District, along with District 9520 has a wonderful opportunity to work together with DIK (Donations In Kind) on a project which will benefit many disadvantaged communities.   DIK Chair, David Cockshell, has been in conversations about what is to become a significant project involving the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Rotary. Planning is in its initial stages, but don’t let that stop you from getting ready to help. 
There is a key position for a Rotarian with excellent coordination and communication skills to head up this project.  We will also need many hands as the project progresses.  I encourage you to read further, to discover how you can be involved.
Donations in Kind & Royal Adelaide Hospital Project The Editor 2016-06-02 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by DG Doug Layng on May 21, 2016
Welcome to my Newsletter for May. In this edition as part of Youth Service Month, we have written about Supporting and Empowering Future Rotarians, GSE/VTT  have now headed off to Canada and the USA, a follow up on the Leading Rotary Now in Pt Augusta & Alice Springs and a lot more. The recent Rotary Foundation dinner was very successful and we have created a separate story and added the Audio Files of both Speakers.  Download Newsletter Now.
District Governor's May 2016 Newsletter DG Doug Layng 2016-05-20 14:30:00Z 0
Adelaide Edge has now become The Rotary Club of Adelaide Innova. This is the new vision of a motivated and active Rotary Club with the aim to make the world a better place by contributing to our local and global community.
Rotary Club of Adelaide Innova The Editor 2016-05-20 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Mar 20, 2016
The Barossa District Conference has topped off a great year for District Governor Doug and Lynne Lyang. Our Barossa Conference Committee can now sit back and relax a little with the knowledge that the effort to select great speakers, activities and venues for the Conference and The Gala Conference Dinner at Chateau Tanunda. Follow the Conference with daily Facebook Posts by District Treasurer Colin Davies. 
3 Days of Fun and Great Experiences The Editor 2016-03-19 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Feb 26, 2016
     Our new Rotary Down Under Supplies website has now been launched, enabling purchase of our supplies from Australia and New Zealand.
We will be adding more and more products to this site over time so if what you are looking for doesn't appear please check back soon or email us for any specific requests.
The address of our new site is
RDU Supplies launch new Website The Editor 2016-02-25 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by DGE John Pohl on Feb 25, 2016
It was a privilege to be able to attend the International Convention in San Diego. Some 530 Presidents Elect and spouses from all over the world filled the halls at the spacious Grand Hyatt on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. The week’s activities ran like a well-oiled machine – our lanyards were micro-chipped and we were scanned at least 5 times a day to keep track of us. It was a bit un-nerving to be part of this ‘big brother’ approach but understandable when considering the cost of the whole exercise.
The first item of business on Day 1 was the announcement of the theme for 2016-17. This was done with the appropriate pomp and ceremony. It was very well received – a simple, yet highly appropriate slogan, ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’. The numerous stalls at the Convention knew this in advance of course and were well-stocked with theme badges and themed products.
Sojourn to San Diego - January 2016 DGE John Pohl 2016-02-24 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Feb 18, 2016
   Rotary in South Australia celebrates Rotary’s founding
We are celebrating Rotary’s 111th anniversary and inviting you to visit us in Rundle Mall – adjacent Rebel Sports @ the Myer Centre and experience Rotary.
The Rotary districts covering South Australia will host a “Why Rotary” information booth and invite the public to hear our stories, witness the cutting of a birthday cake and enjoy a slice, 10.30 – 2.00pm Tuesday 23 February 2016 at Rundle Mall.  “Why Rotary” – stories from the heart that inform why ordinary people have been inspired to do extraordinary things that benefit community and humanity.

Stories such as Rotarian Joe Meuris - Rotary Club Flagstaff Hill who with his wife Rita schedule annual trips to Fiji through ROTAHOMES, building homes, bridges, community facilities, schools, support kindergarten teachers and the development of small cottage industries; or Rotarian Jason - Rotary Club of Makin who with the RAWCS Eye Team leads teams to Nepal and Mongolia giving children and adults the gift of sight.
Copy of Rotary International Celebrates 111 years of Service The Editor 2016-02-17 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Malcolm Lindquist on Feb 02, 2016
At the recent Governor Elect Training seminar for Zone 8, which was held in Melbourne, discussions were conducted on the topic of attracting new members. We often talk about our target audience and how the individuals can contribute to the organisation which is Rotary.
However it has been pointed out that individuals rarely seek out membership. We are constantly being encouraged to ASK! But what do we say?
Developing A Value Proposition for Potential Members PDG Malcolm Lindquist 2016-02-01 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 19, 2016
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen. Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
RI President Elect John Germ has announced the 2016-2017 theme The Editor 2016-01-18 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by DG Doug Layng on Jan 15, 2016
Welcome to my Newsletter for January 2016. This is a fairly large issue with plenty interest for everyone including; The Concept of Vocational Service, Our Rotary Alumni, Your Fundraising Dollars with The Rotary Foundation, Call for District Governor 2018 – 2019 Nominations, Barossa Conference Updates, Rotary’s 111th Birthday on 23rd February, Special Invitation to National Youth Science Forum, District and RI Database information and much more, so enjoy reading.
District Governor's Newsletter January 2016 DG Doug Layng 2016-01-14 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 15, 2016
In November 2015, Adelaide West Rotary Club member and International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarian (IFMR) President Claus Weber, set off from Adelaide with a friend from work, and they rode their motorcycles to Cobar in New South Wales. 
Cobar was the start of The Big Ride organised by the IFMR, where they were joined by 20 more riders, with funds raised during the event to be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The Big Ride supports RFDS The Editor 2016-01-14 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jan 04, 2016
ROMAC is a Rotary program which has been in operation for over 25 years and was formed "To provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of lifesaving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country".
Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise and are assisted by many eminent Australian Surgeons who generously donate their time free for the treatment of patients. To date, this humanitarian program has provided over 400 children from more than 20 developing countries with urgent, expert medical treatment that has given them new hope, restored their dignity and transformed their lives.
Pilanthropic Surgery at The Adelaide Memorial Hospital for ROMAC The Editor 2016-01-03 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Dec 20, 2015
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russian was the predominant second language offered in Polish schools, leaving tens of thousands of Polish emigrants without the English skills they needed.   That has changed over the last 25 years. English proficiency drastically improved after the government reformed its education system in 1991. The country overhauled its teaching curriculum and materials and introduced English as the primary foreign language. As of 2013, Poland ranks 8th in the world in English proficiency.
Knocking down Language Barriers The Editor 2015-12-19 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by DG Doug Layng on Dec 18, 2015
Welcome to my Newsletter for December. In this edition we have written about Pinery Bushfires, Induction of New Rotarians, Rotarians on The Path to Change, Valerie Browning (AFAR Region Ethiopia), Rotary Literacy Project Books for Babies, a look at Who’s Going To Seoul, Rotary Youth Exchange, Update your Membership, Scanning the Pages of History Voice of Rotary and Call for Nominations for District Governor 2018-2019.

Lynne and I would also like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Year for 2016. Click here to Download December Newsletter.
DG Newsletter for December 2015 DG Doug Layng 2015-12-17 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Dec 15, 2015
We enjoy all of our club visits, but there was one recently which was very special.  On 29th September, we were treated to a wonderful surprise when we visited the RC Port Lincoln.  That night, a local boy, Ayo Ajao, donated $350.80 that he had raised to the Port Lincoln Rotary Club President, John Myers.  As his Year-4 project, Ayo chose to raise money to aid the fight against Polio; he filled a jar with jellybeans and sold guesses as to the number of beans in the jar.  He sold these at the Navigators College which he and his sister Abby attend, and at a Rotary Club meeting on the night that he handed the money over.
Young Port Lincoln Student supports POLIO Eradication Lynne Layng 2015-12-14 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor
Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Center. With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand.
Posted by The Editor on Nov 16, 2015
Welcome to my Newsletter for November. In this edition I have addressed Looking Back – The First Five Months, The Rotary Foundation, Rotary Honours Six Global Women of Action, Rotary Round Table set for 20th February 2016, An Evening with Jennifer Jones, the ACSO Awards and a lot more. Click here to Download Newsletter now.
District Governor's November Newsletter The Editor 2015-11-15 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Nov 16, 2015

At the Association of Service Organisations Premier’s Awards, many Service Clubs and Rotary Clubs in our District were recognised at a ceremony and awards presentation on 25th October. See who won the Awards ............
Rotary Clubs pick up Service Awards Lynne Layng 2015-11-15 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Nov 16, 2015
At a recent meeting our Guest Speaker was Manal Younus who talked to us all about the work that Welcome to Australia and the Welcome Centre do in the community. Manal has until recently been a national board member of Welcome To Australia.
Welcome to Australia Lynne Layng 2015-11-15 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Nov 16, 2015
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world.
“Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” 
The women were honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They addressed attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work.
Rotary Honors Six Women for Leadership and Humanitarian Service Lynne Layng 2015-11-15 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Oct 26, 2015

World Polio Day event from New York City, for global status update on the fight to end polio. Guests include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.

2015 World Polio Day The Webmaster 2015-10-25 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Oct 21, 2015
Rotary helped put polio eradication on center stage on the day best known for rallying support to finish the job – World Polio Day, 24 October.
A special Livestream presentation  –  World Polio Day: Making History – showcased the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus and streamed online to viewers worldwide.
ROTARY spotlights the fight to End Polio The Editor 2015-10-20 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Layng on Oct 18, 2015
Welcome to my Newsletter for October. In this edition I have addressed DG’s Club Visits, Four Clubs-Two Districts-One Team Project, New Rotarians, Hall Restoration, Hat Day Movie Event, Roundtable Event, and Evening with Jennifer Jones and much more, so please download and enjoy.  Download Newsletter
DG Newsletter for October 2015 Doug Layng 2015-10-17 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Oct 18, 2015
Some weeks ago, Brian McDonald and his fellow Rotarians were looking around for a project.  Brian stumbled across the old Scout’s hall behind St Paul’s Cathedral at Port Adelaide. It was in a state of disrepair and no-one could use it.
New Use for Old Hall Lynne Layng 2015-10-17 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Oct 18, 2015
Between 17th to 23rd August this year, members of the Rotary Clubs of Adelaide and Prospect visited the Philippines to follow up on projects and continue with the great work which is being done in the Philippines with the Rotary Clubs of East Davao and Waling-Waling. These four clubs have a Sister Club Agreement. Amazing humanitarian work by Rotarians.
FOUR CLUBS, TWO DISTRICTS, ONE TEAM. Lynne Layng 2015-10-17 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Oct 12, 2015
In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced.
Posted by The Editor on Oct 10, 2015
Rotary and ONE, an international advocacy organization, joined other event partners in downtown Chicago on 24 September to demonstrate a commitment to ending extreme poverty and inequality and to promoting action on climate change on the eve of the United Nations launch of its Sustainable Development Goals.
Lighting the way to a better world The Editor 2015-10-09 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Oct 09, 2015
Looking (way) back at a big adventure   By Katherine Ward
Thirty years ago, at the age of 18, I started a grand adventure and boarded a plane on my own toward Istanbul, Turkey. I was headed off on a yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange.
Empowering youth The Editor 2015-10-08 13:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Sep 13, 2015
Our visit is one I want to share with you, as I think many Rotarians know little about the area, the challenges faced by the Rotary Club of Roxby District and the positive ways in which it deals with those challenges.
Visit to Roxby Downs Lynne Layng 2015-09-12 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor
KIEV, 2nd September: Two polio cases have been confirmed in western Ukraine, the first to be recorded in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
Two new POLIO Cases discovered in KIEV The Editor 2015-09-12 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Layng on Sep 09, 2015
This week the two Districts in South Australia came together to host RI Zone Director, Guiller Tumangan and his wife, Letty. D9520 DG Dick Wilson hosted them on Monday, with visits to various places of interest, and a dinner that evening with the D9500 and D9520 Team Leaders.
On Tuesday, DG Doug and Lynne took Guiller and Letty to visit five Rotary projects in our District, and hosted a dinner for them at the Public Schools Club where 50 Rotarians and partners from both Districts attended.
RI Zone 8 Director, Guiller Tumangan's Visit Doug Layng 2015-09-08 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Layng on Sep 09, 2015
Illuminate 2 will be a great event (10th October 2015) and I encourage you to come along if you can.  Bookings are essential, and so Please register by using this link.....
Illuminate is coming Doug Layng 2015-09-08 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Wheatcroft on Aug 29, 2015
Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s national fundraising and awareness day for mental health research, celebrated each year on World Mental Health Day ‐ Friday October 9, 2015. Since the inaugural Hat Day in 2011, Hat Day has claimed two Guinness World Records (most people wearing paper hats & most people wearing red hats).
Help Hats Help Heads on World Mental Health Day Barbara Wheatcroft 2015-08-28 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Aug 24, 2015
On Saturday 1st August, we attended a wonderful event held to launch Donate Life Week ~ 2nd to 9th August ~ at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where almost 800 people attended.  More than 500 of the attendees were either organ donor recipients or organ donors. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first kidney transplant in South Australia.
Donate Life Week Lynne Layng 2015-08-23 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Aug 04, 2015
Why did you join Rotary and why did you stay?  Was it for the community involvement, the international service, to make new friends?
Rotary is a community of friends who are committed to creating positive change in the world. Find out how joining your local club can enrich your life and improve the lives of people living in your neighbourhood and across the globe.
Why did you join Rotary? The Editor 2015-08-03 14:30:00Z 0
Have a chat, Save a Life The Editor 2015-08-01 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jul 24, 2015
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. The country is on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year The Editor 2015-07-23 14:30:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2015
Welcome to my Newsletter for July. In this edition, I have addressed my goals for the year and the importance of creating a My Rotary account. There is news on Membership Matters, A new Rotary Club and My Partner's project Donate Life, so please download and enjoy.
District Governor's July Newsletter Doug Layng 2015-07-16 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jul 08, 2015
ROMAC, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children, is proud to announce Mrs Margie Abbott has accepted the position of Patron for this Australia/New Zealand wide life-giving charity.    
Mrs Margie Abbott accepts ROMAC Patron role The Editor 2015-07-07 14:30:00Z 0
Death of Senior Crows Coach Phil Walsh The Webmaster 2015-07-02 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Layng on Jul 01, 2015
'Donate Life' is my special project for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year - Rotarian Lynne Layng

DONATE LIFE  You could save a stranger or someone you love.
District Governor's Partners Project Lynne Layng 2015-06-30 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jul 01, 2015
Introducing District Governor for 2015 - 2016 Doug Layng. Inducted on Sunday 28th June, Doug will be spreading the Rotary International Theme of being "A Gift To The World". Doug during his first interview commented; 'I am so honoured for this privilege and looking forward to this Rotary Year'.
Introducing 2015 - 2016 District Governor The Webmaster 2015-06-30 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jun 30, 2015
K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2015-16.
A message from RI President Ravi Ravindran The Webmaster 2015-06-29 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jun 29, 2015
Our time on this earth is finite, and it’s always shorter than we think. How do we want to spend it?  Will we give of ourselves to others, so that the world will be richer because we passed through it? Or will we spend our days, as the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, in stringing and unstringing our instruments, while the song we came to sing remains unsung?
Rotary International Theme for 2015-2016 The Editor 2015-06-28 14:30:00Z 0
VTT home from Vanuatu The Editor 2015-06-26 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jun 26, 2015
Stephen Best was leader of the South Wales District 1150 GSE team in 2009. My wife Janet and I recently returned from a ripper of a 6 week trip to East and Central Australia. We travelled 7,500 miles in the country by air, rail and road, visiting all the big cities, wonderful Tasmania, the great outback (via the Ghan), the tropical north, and the glorious barrier reef coast and islands. However in the planning there was always going to be a slot for South Australia to renew friendships made on the Group Study Exchange trip I was privileged to lead in 2009.
4 Daffodils and a Leek!—GSE 2009 Revisited The Editor 2015-06-25 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell on Jun 25, 2015
Welcome to the last District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015. In this issue I have covered some of my reflections for the year, the Dental Vocational Training Team in Vanuatu, Julie’s Corner and Soles4Souls, this  Month’s Rotary Theme –Recreational Fellowship and Rotaract.
District Governor's June Newsletter John Campbell 2015-06-24 14:30:00Z 0
Follow the VTT team to Vanuatu The Editor 2015-06-20 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jun 12, 2015
Australian Rotary Health has a history of influencing the health of future Australians through their pioneering research. In 2006, Professor Michael Good developed a vaccine for Malaria with funding from Australian Rotary Health. Professor Good’s studies showed that the vaccine protected animals from severe disease/death caused by different parasites.
Influencing Health for the Future The Editor 2015-06-11 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jun 11, 2015
Now in its 26th year, the Wheelchair Restoration Project is the longest running project of the Rotary Club of Largs Bay, SA, and quite possibly the longest, continuous-running, hands-on project in District 9500.
Wheelchair Restoration Project The Webmaster 2015-06-10 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jun 10, 2015
The Rotary Foundation can’t be part of every RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) project, because some of the tasks undertaken by RAWCS just don’t fit the criteria established by the Foundation (e.g. buildings). However, the good thing about the direction RAWCS is moving is the emphasis they are placing on Rotary’s six areas of focus, so working together is now much simpler.
Eye Camps in Nepal The Webmaster 2015-06-09 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor on Jun 09, 2015
Nigeria and the whole continent of Africa is on the cusp of being polio free, Dr. Hamid Jafari told audience members at the Rotary Convention on 8 June in São Paulo, Brazil. Between 2013 & 2014, the reported cases of polio dropped from 53 to just six in Nigeria. Even more encouraging, said Jafari, is that the last case of polio in Nigeria was reported in July 2014 & the last case in all of Africa was reported in Somalia in August.
AFRICA ON BRINK OF POLIO ERADICATION The Editor 2015-06-08 14:30:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2015

My passion lies in projects contributing to sustainable community economic development. I believe that Rotary International is uniquely positioned to change the world through sustainable economic development. We have the people, the energy, and the resources, and now we need the focus!

If I Had a Water Buffalo District Webmaster 2015-05-17 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell on May 06, 2015
Welcome to the eleventh District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015.  In this issue I have covered the current Training programs throughout the District, this Month’s Rotary Theme – Australian Rotary Health month,Vocational Training Team to Vanuatu, Julie’s Corner and Soles4Souls,  ROMAC, the recent District 9500 Conference and a Membership recruiting aid as a result of the Conference, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment and the Nepal Earthquake.
District Governor's May Newsletter John Campbell 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on May 01, 2015
A report distributed through the United Nations of the situation in Nepal is attached to this story. Rotary Clubs around the world are contributing needed funds through Rotary District accounts of which every $1  collected will be directed to 'the most appropriate need'. All Rotary Clubs can accept donations from the Public and forward to the main District Account.
NEPAL Earthquake support The Webmaster 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Campbell on Apr 18, 2015
Rotarians of District 9500
On Friday 17th April, I received the following message from Keith Abraham who was the Key Note speaker at the recent Rotary Conference in Port Lincoln. Keith’s message is a sincere thank you to Rotary for the Youth Program – RYLA – that changed his life as a young man. Keith’s message is a huge endorsement for Rotary, our program’s and reasons people should investigate Rotary and join Rotary. I often speak about having an elevator speech ready for when someone asks you What is Rotary. Well, here is a fantastic message.
Thank You Rotary International DG John Campbell 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmsater on Apr 08, 2015
 For the second week in a row there have been no reported cases of polio anywhere in the world, according to figures released by the World Health Organisation.
The positive news gives strength to the hard work our Rotarians have carried out to make this a reality in polio stricken countries. Areas that have reported that there are no new cases of polio include Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Syria and Iraq.
Polio eradication is a primary aim for Rotarians across the world, and as part of our commitment we organise two trips to India a year to support National Immunisations Days. Mike Yates, District Polio Plus Subcommittee Chair, comments: “This is really encouraging news and surely helps to give us optimism that ending polio can be more than just a dream. We are committed to keeping the disease at bay and it will certainly give the Rotarians visiting India next month a real boost to know what we are doing is helping to make a real difference across the world.”
Positive News gives strength to the hard work our Rotarians The Webmsater 2015-04-07 14:30:00Z 0
Posted by David Johnston on Apr 02, 2015
Port Lincoln Conference and speakers were great, as was socialising at the Conference Dinner and after conference BBQ.  We now have additional club participating in Rotary Youth Exchange Program (RYEP) - Good onya Rotary Club of Gawler - Inbound student from France July 2015
Youth Exchange Students make an impression at Port Lincoln Conference David Johnston 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Campbell on Mar 30, 2015
Our Final Day 3, began with an inspiring address by Dr Gill Hicks, South Australian 2015 Australian of the Year, culminating with Rotary International President's Representative Greg Ross rendition of Eric Bogle's."No Man's Land" and conference summary. Finally a huge thank you to the organising committee from Adelaide Light.  A truly inspiring, uplifting and informative three days.  If you didn't make it to this conference you missed a fabulous experience.   PhotoAlbums/district-conference-port-lincoln
District Conference Day 3 DG John Campbell 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Campbell on Mar 29, 2015
A second day of inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining speakers at District Conference 9500 - Mel Irons, Doris Zaagdanski, Emma Forster and a panel of amazing Rotaractors led by Steve McLaughlan culminating with a Gala Dinner, presentation of Club awards and a PHF to Dalice Kennedy, founder Of Soles4Souls.
District Conference Day 2 DG John Campbell 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Campbell on Mar 27, 2015
Announced today at the District Conference Rotary E-Club of Greater South Oz to bring together remote members online - By Tim Jeanes  (ABC News)
District Conference Announcement DG John Campbell 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference Day 1 DG John Campbell 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Campbell on Mar 25, 2015
Looking forward to a amazing three days with great speakers as hundreds of Rotarians share their Rotary experience as we "Light up Lincoln". I have been 
doing media interviews in Port Lincoln this morning so they are expecting you!
District Conference - Now On DG John Campbell 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell on Mar 09, 2015
Welcome to the ninth District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015.  In this issue I have included items specifically on Rotary’s 110th Anniversary, and with this the 30  years since the Polio Plus campaign commenced, this Month’s Rotary Theme –Literacy Month, Success of the Rotaract National Games, the Conference Countdown,  Women in Rotary – International Women’s Day Breakfast, Julie’s Corner, SHE’s Artistic and a Health Project for all Rotarians.
District Governor's March Newsletter John Campbell 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Marie Dorrington on Mar 07, 2015
Rotary District 9500 is helping young people, and with the University of South Australia and YWCA, is sponsoring:  SHE's Artistic Female Festival of Arts on Friday, March 13, 2015 UNISA West Bar 58 -60 North Terrace Adelaide 6pm to 11pm SHE’s Artistic will showcase work from female artists in various forms including, visual art, music, dance, comedy and spoken word.
SHE's Artistic Female Festival of Arts PDG Marie Dorrington 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Webmaster on Feb 22, 2015
The 23rd February is a significant day, because on this day in 1905, 4 businessmen in Chicago met  to talk about their personal experiences. They were Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele. At that meeting, Paul Harris unfolded his general plan for the formation of what became the First Service Club in the World  -  Rotary International.
Rotary 110th Birthday Webmaster 2015-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacqui Atyeo, Chair VTT Committee on Feb 20, 2015
Do you know someone working in the dental profession who would be a good Vocational Team member?  We are looking for a registered practising dentist, a dental hygienist and a dental assistant. Vocational Training Team to Vanuatu June 13th – 28th 2015.
Team Members wanted for a Dental focused project to Vanuatu Jacqui Atyeo, Chair VTT Committee 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell on Feb 20, 2015
Welcome to the eighth District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015.  In this issue I have included items specifically on Rotary’s 110th Anniversary, this  Month’s Rotary Theme –World Understanding Month, Youth Exchange, a Conference Update, The Rotary Foundation and Julie’s Corner, and a glimpse of the RC of Charles Sturt Grange’s Toy Boys project as reported in SA Life.
District Governor's February Newsletter John Campbell 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell on Feb 12, 2015
Next month we can exchange the hustle and bustle of the cities, towns and our busy work lives, and enjoy some "Fresh Eyre" while attending the 2015 Rotary Conference in Port Lincoln, 26-29 March 2015.
District Conference Update John Campbell 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2015
“We looked at Rotary from the inside out, upside-down and sideways. It was easy to have candid conversations with everyone because the goal was understood and our desire to make it happen was evident.” 
Want to know How to Attract Young Professionals? RI Zone Newsletter 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary News on Jan 31, 2015
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus. The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, in November 2012. The type 2 virus was eradicated in 1999, leaving just type 1 circulating.
"A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH AGAINST POLIO” 2 down - 1 to Go Rotary News 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary News on Jan 30, 2015
At the second 2014–15 RI Board of Directors meeting was held on 27–30 October 2014 in Evanston, Illinois, USA,and the Board modified Rotary’s calendar of special observances to designate specific months highlighting the Areas of Focus
RI Board modified Rotary’s calendar Rotary News 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jan 28, 2015
The Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully is hosting a '10 Pin Bowling Challenge' raising funds supporting the Eradication of Polio. This is a great FUN EVENT and a chance to' WIN the Trophy' and good fellowship with Rotarians.  Read More
Are you up to the Challenge? The Webmaster 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jan 19, 2015
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed.
MAN IN IRON LUNG DISCOVERS ROTARY The Webmaster 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Webmaster on Jan 19, 2015
RI President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran announces his presidential theme for 2015-16, Be a Gift to the World, at the opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Rotary Theme for 2015-2016 The Webmaster 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Campbell on Jan 18, 2015
Following the success of the 2014 event, Women in Rotary – SA chapter
are again holding an International Women’s Day Breakfast and we are encouraging Rotarians to invite colleagues, friends, family to attend.  
International Women's Day Julie Campbell 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell on Jan 16, 2015
Welcome to the seventh District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015.  In this issue I have included items specifically on the South Australian Bushfires and District 9500’s response, this  Month’s Rotary Theme –Rotary Awareness, a Conference Update, Women in Rotary– the Rotary International Women’s Day Breakfast, the END POLIO fundraising news and one Rotarian’s meeting with an END POLIO pioneer.
District Governor's January Newsletter John Campbell 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Webmaster on Jan 05, 2015
Support through Rotary Clubs is required to help Community Needs with the ongoing Bushfire Disaster.
All Coordination must be done through the Geoff Irish - Chairman District Recovery Committee ...  Contact Details in Directory
Please email Geoff Irish
Bushfire Disaster - Recovery Centre Contact Webmaster 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Bridge Walk setting Records and Inspiration The Editor 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG John Campbell on Dec 17, 2014
On 30 May 2014, new Bridge history was made. More than 300 Rotary members from all over the world took over the arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge en masse to climb for their cause – End Polio Now.  In doing so they smashed two world records on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Funds raised to immunize 240,000 children PDG John Campbell 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Ed King
Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications open PDG Ed King 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication Champion Award The Editor 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Webmaster on Dec 05, 2014

“By involving our family members, we make all of our endeavors more successful and enjoyable. We also address the problem, often cited by younger members, that Rotary competes with family time. Once people realize that they do not have to decide between Rotary and family, they will be more likely to accept our invitations to join.
And just as important, once they do join, they are much more likely to become and remain educated, productive Rotarians.”  Jonathan Majiyagbe, RI President 2003-04 (the first year Family month was recognized on the Rotary calendar)
December is Family Month Webmaster 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG RC Malcolm Lindquist on Nov 24, 2014
Rotary follows the Yellow Brick Road at the 2014 Adelaide Royal Show, thanks to PDG Barbara Wheatcroft. Since 2008 under the direction and tireless work of Barbara, Rotary clubs from Districts 9500 and 9520 have shared their time to man 5 selling booths over a 9-day period.
Rotary Lights Up at Adelaide Royal Show PDG RC Malcolm Lindquist 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG John Campbell on Nov 16, 2014
Welcome to the fifth District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015.  In this issue I have included items specifically on the Month’s Rotary Theme –The Foundation, Rotary Club of Clare 50 years young, District Grants, DG Visits, Soles4Souls Update, ACSO Awards and a Conference Update.
District Governor's November Newsletter DG John Campbell 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
This is the song written by Jerry Mills which was inspired by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians worldwide. The video was produced by Rotarian Bob Gallagher with full cooperation from Jerry Mills.
To view Jerry Mills' website go to:
To view Bob Gallagher's website go to:
© 2010
Music and Lyrics: Jerry Mills
Visuals: Bob Gallagher and Rotary International
All Rights Reserved
Come Join Us - Join Rotary Rotary International 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fran Wilson
Supporting healthier minds, bodies and communities through research, awareness and education
May celebrated the success of Australian Rotary Health to thank  Rotarians for your continued support.
Australian Rotary Health is a major program of Rotary Clubs in Australia. It is a multi-district activity that provides funding for research into a broad range of general health issues and is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.
Support - Australian Rotary Health Fran Wilson 2014-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Inspiring ROTARY Videos "Make a Difference" The Editor 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day The Editor 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Editor
Having experienced several Strokes, I didn’t know what ‘the signs were and what to expect’. But I do know now…, and I would like to pass on some valuable (life saving) information on my experience and information I have found about Stroke.
Do you know what to do if someone is having a Stroke? The Editor 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simone Collins
Social media is very visual these days, with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ all tweaking their layouts to give a more visually rich experience, coupled with the rise of image-focused sites such as Instagram and Pinterest, to name a few. Selecting good, quality images to post on these channels can be a powerful way to share your club’s or your own Rotary story effectively.
Showcase Your Club Simone Collins 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary Leader
RI President Gary C.K. Huang is encouraging clubs and districts to sponsor or participate in a Rotary Day event in 2014-15 to introduce non-Rotarians to Rotary. DGs are encouraged to award clubs that undertake such events this Rotary year.
HOW TO HOLD A ROTARY DAY Rotary Leader 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary breaking down barriers to Clean Water in Ghana Rotary News 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Campbell
Welcome to the second District Governor’s Newsletter for 2014 / 2015.  In this issue I have included Rotary highlights of July and the first week of August. There have been many and include  the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp, arrival of  Exchange Students, the new Rotaract Club, the welcoming of New Members, The Rotary Foundation and Awards. Download Newsletter
District Governor Newsletter August 2014 John Campbell 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. On 22 July, Forbes contributor Devin Thorpe conducted an exclusive interview with the three national Polio Plus committee heads from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, where the transmission of polio has never been stopped.
Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria Graham Fussen 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Have you visited ‘Club Central’ on My Rotary? Marie Dorrington 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Tragic loss of Flight MH17 John Campbell 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen
Rotary’s new president, Gary C.K. Huang, shows us the meaning behind the family of Rotary. Gary Huang played a lot of sports when he was younger, but basketball was his favorite. He was captain and point guard of his high school team. “I’m not tall, but I was quick.” 
Meet Rotary’s New President: Gary C.K. Huang Graham Fussen 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maureen Vaught
Rotary Weekly 13 June 2014
Nathaniel Smith and Kristin Post met on a walking tour of Dupont Circle, a lively neighborhood in Washington, D.C. That's where things got a little creepy -- in a ghoulish sort of way. The Halloween-inspired walk featured ghost stories and neighborhood history. It also replaced a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle Washington. It's just the kind of activity that can attract young people -- or the young at heart -- to Rotary.
Why does the Rotary year start on 1st July Graham Fussen 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Denise Palmer
In January of 2014, ​OGCDC welcomed the return of Sue and Denise from Australia, to continue their training and support of Physiotherapy programs of OGCDC and Rehabilitation departments of Hue Medicine and Pharmacy University Hospital.
Prospect Rotary - Vietnam Project Denise Palmer 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Muster Mouse
Since taking up her role of Group 8 Assistant Governor for D9500 (South Australia) in July 2013, Sandy Sumsion has been planning a fellowship weekend to bring members of the 5 Group 8 Rotary clubs together.   The idea of a Group 8 Muster 2014 was born, promoted across the Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Whyalla Norrie, Port Augusta and Roxby District clubs.
Group 8 Muster 2014 Muster Mouse 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen
Adjusting your club surroundings can spark ideas, conversation
Rotary Leader May 2014 – Volume 4, Issue 6
In the room where it meets, the Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise, NSW, Australia, traditionally arranged dinner tables in a large U formation, which let club members see the guest speaker but limited dinner conversations. Club leaders came to realize that members often chose to sit next to a particular friend, and they’d often speak only to one other person.
LEAVE ROOM FOR CREATIVITY Graham Fussen 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Banfield
ROTARY makes a real difference
In the region of Afar in the remote desert of Ethiopia water is a precious commodity. This Ethiopian Village has seen dramatic changes since Rotary became involved. Each day would start with a daily trek of 6 kilometres each way for the women of the community who spent most of the day helping to make sure their families had enough water needed for cooking, drinking and washing.
Water Project in Ethiopia John Banfield 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hewko
Message from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko
Rotary is receiving significant international media coverage this week for its role in the historic polio-free certification of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia region.
Rotary In the Media John Hewko 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adam Ross, Rotary News on May 31, 2014
During Friday's world record-breaking Sydney Harbour bridge climb, Rotary members raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio. Despite the physically grueling four-hour trek up and down the bridge's storied steel arches, the 340 participants kept their good spirits and stood side-by-side waving 278 flags.
Rotary members climb Sydney Harbour Bridge & break world record Adam Ross, Rotary News 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Newsletter April 2014 Barbara Wheatcroft 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lucy Caruso
The opportunity to visit Timor Leste (formerly East Timor) doesn’t come often. The country situated 610 kilometres north of Darwin is one of Australia’s closest neighbours;it is also one of the poorest countries in Asia.
In 2012 and 2013 a group of young adult project volunteers from Nazareth Catholic College as well as representatives from West Torrens Rotary combined their resources to undertake a volunteer project. Their mission was to connect and offer what they could to the Timorese people.
An experience of a lifetime Changing our perception .... Lucy Caruso 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
As the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley nears it's 60th Anniversary, the membership is still strong at just over 40. Like most clubs, the current members are aging and there is not a wave of younger members to see the club into the next era.
Most of the members are in their 60's and whilst they are a dedicated, knowledgeable, loyal, experienced and long term group of Rotarians, early retirement from work, travel, health issues and grandchildren tend to change their priorities. This is totally understandable and a trend that has become more pronounced in recent years.
Membership has become a priority at our club and we were quick to realise that the tried and trusted method of asking prospective members to meetings would not solve our short to medium term aim of survival over the next 10 years.
Friends of Rotary Good Value for a Club Graham Fussen 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Rendell
Recognizing and Celebrating your Club’s History
On 22 January 2014 at its Meeting #2428 the Rotary Club of Adelaide West celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary with about 90 members and guests in attendance.
The club received its Charter on 22 January 1964 which was the year in which:
  • ‘The Australian’ became the first national daily newspaper when it was published in Canberra.
  • Donald Campbell set new land and water speed records in Australia.
  • The Tasman Bridge was opened in Hobart.
  • The Beatles toured Australia.
  • And, further afield but on the same day, 22 January 1964, Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in as Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia (later Zambia)
Club President Bill Marles, in the club’s fortnightly Bulletin #45 Jan. 2014, says;  ‘I believe that FIVE DECADES of voluntary service by current and past members is well worth a huge pat on the back.  It is one heck of an achievement.’
The Bulletin is well worth reading and reflects the justifiable pride of the current members.
We remember that the Rotary Club of Adelaide celebrated its 90th anniversary with a special luncheon at the National Wine Centre on 28 August 2013.
Of course it takes research and preparation to celebrate a special anniversary.  As a club historian I can vouch for it!  The benefits, however, are considerable as they enable the club members to reflect on the past and commit to the future.
It was the American poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) who said:
One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails,
and not the gales,
That tell us the way to go.
The year 2014 will mark a number of ‘milestone’ anniversaries of Rotary Clubs within District 9500. In particular:
60 years
25 years
West Torrens
35 years
Kangaroo Island
35 years
Whyalla Norrie
40 years
Port Lincoln
65 years
Kidman Park
30 years
Adelaide Parks
30 years
Adelaide South
35 years
50 years

I am slowly building an archive of available district and club records and will be happy to share available material with club historians who may be embarking on the task of contemplating, documenting or updating a club history.
Early days but you have to start somewhere.
Keith Rendell
District History and Records
Recognizing and Celebrating your Club’s History Keith Rendell 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
District PETS & Assembly Presentations Graham Fussen 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Ed King on Apr 11, 2014
Applications for 2014 – 15 district grants - Information now available, see attachments
PDG Ed King, Chair District Rotary Foundation Email:
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION GRANTS YEAR 2014 -15 PDG Ed King 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Apr 09, 2014
Welcome to the March edition of the District Governor's Newsletter. There is a lot of information we would like to add, so we have included a "Read More" link that will directly open a page of extended information from the District Website.    Download DG Newsletter for March 2014
DG Newsletter March 2014 Graham Fussen 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Apr 09, 2014
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) on 27 March congratulated the countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) on being certified polio-free, a historic milestone in the worldwide effort to end polio. The 11 countries in the region are home to 1.8 billion people and represent the fourth of six WHO regions of the globe to become polio-free.
South-East Asia region declared polio-free Graham Fussen 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 09, 2014
The Rotary Club of Clare is holding it's 17th Annual Art Exhibition in the Clare Town Hall from Friday May 16th to Wed May 22nd 2014. The Gala Opening will occur at 6pm on the 16th in front of over 500 participants and will see the event opened officially and hear the judge make comment on the 14 awarded prizes worth over $15,000.
Clare Art Expo 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
DG Newsletter Jan Feb 2014.pdf Graham Fussen 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Feature Presentation Event:      Gemma Sisia

For the first time in several years Gemma Sisia, Founder of the School of St Jude in Tanzania will visit Adelaide for one day only. Guests will hear about the school’s amazing triumphs over the past 12 years and gain insights into Gemma’s personal experiences. 
School of St Jude - Gemma Sisia Graham Fussen 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
TRF Annual Report Graham Fussen 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
GROUP 6 Meeting - Supports EMIB
On Tuesday 25th February, 2014, President Derek Stow and Members of the Rotary Club of Golden Grove  hosted the other Clubs from Group 6, Tea Tree Gully, Modbury  and Makin Edge and their members, together with Special Visitors at the Group Six Dinner held at Sferra’s Restaurant, Modbury.
EMIB - Community Service Project Graham Fussen 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Article by RC, PDG Noel Trevaskis 
A lot of clubs do not have a Strategy Plan to increase their membership, unfortunately for a lot of clubs they rely on Hope!
Hope is not a strategy to increase membership, increasing membership takes some work, and for it to be successful you have to have a strategy to make it happen. People need to remember that the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary!
HOPE is not a Strategy Graham Fussen 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
I thought I would share a little bit of exciting news.   Each year during the Twenty 20 world cup cricket series, the International Cricket Council nominate a charity in the host country to which they will make a donation on behalf of the elite cricket umpires.
Steve Davis, husband of a Past President of the Rotary Club of Eastwood in South Australia is on the Elite Umpires Executive for the International Cricket Council, representing all International Cricket Umpires.
Operation Cleft update Graham Fussen 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
What may not be known by the city slickers is the response from country Rotarians in the fire areas.  Barossa Valley club has been rostered on day and night for the past week, some who are fireman and others in food preparation.
Barossa Fires Graham Fussen 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 18, 2014
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang is urging club members to Light Up Rotary by hosting a Rotary Day in their community, continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference -- every day, in every club, and every country we serve."
Rotary Theme for 2014 15 Light Up Rotary Graham Fussen 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
DG Barbara Wheatcroft December Newsletter Graham Fussen 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 08, 2014
The Honourable Kevin Duggan was a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia
from 1988 to 2011.

In addition to his role as a judge he was the Judge Advocate General for the Australian Defence Force from 1996 to 2001.
He also held the rank of Major General in the Army Reserve and, upon his retirement from the Army, was appointed a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal.
Kevin Duggan - Keynote Speaker at Conference Graham Fussen 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 08, 2014

When Julia Yank and a team of Rotary members and health workers entered Kaduna, Nigeria, to immunize children against polio they expected to encounter some tough situations. They found one in a mother of three who stubbornly refused to have her children vaccinated.

"She argued with us for over 15 minutes," says Yank, a member of the Rotary Club of St. Clair County Sunset in O'Fallon, Illinois, USA. After the team explained to her the importance of what they were doing, she finally agreed to allow her children to be immunized.

"We were told later that she only consented because of the presence of the Rotarians. That moment, I realized the impact we can make," says Yank.

Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 07, 2014

Michael Keelan to be Guest Speaker at the District Conference 28th - 30th March. Michael is an experienced broadcaster in both the television and the radio industry. He is host of the top rating weekend lifestyle and gardening program “Michael Keelan’s Weekend” which is on Radio 5AA Adelaide each Saturday and Sunday morning.

Michael Keelan District Conference Speaker Graham Fussen 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 07, 2014
MONUMENTS MEN; Sunday 23rd February 2014          

Cast:     George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history
Regal Theatre (Old Chelsea), 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park.
Tickets $20, -Drinks & Nibbles from 3.00pm. -Film Commences 4.00pm

Book Now

Join us for a meal after the movie
Enquiries: PDG Eric at:
or phone 0402 315 292

Click Here to Link to Event 
2014 Rotary Foundation / End Polio Now Movie Graham Fussen 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 07, 2014
Sometimes the world seems so unfair it makes our chests burn with anger, but there's a chance to turn that feeling into hope -- start a petition on any issue you care deeply about, send it around and watch your hope for a different future catch fire! The best petitions will be emailed to 10,000 Avaaz members and offered up to $10,000 to fund impact. Click below to get started now:
The power of one person's hope Graham Fussen 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 07, 2014
Subject: FW: Kamahl CD
Dear District Governor
Would you mind inserting the attached page into your December Newsletter?
I commend Kamahl’s album and gesture to you all.  He has been a great supporter of Rotary for many years.
Every album sold will assist our End Polio Now cause.
Many thanks and best wishes
Bob Aitken AM
Executive Director
Tel 61.2.8833.8302 Mobile: 61.417.722.190
Australia, New Zealand & Islands:
ROTARY DOWN UNDER | Level 3, 43 Hunter Street | Parramatta NSW 2124 | Australia
KAMAHL helping Rotary End Polio Now Graham Fussen 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jan 07, 2014
Professor Jane Pirkis

Australian Rotary Health

Professor Jane Pirkis is the Director of the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics at the University of Melbourne.
She has undertaken a broad program of work on the epidemiology of suicide and mental health problems, and has conducted a number of large-scale evaluations of suicide prevention initiatives and mental health programs.
She has a particular research interest in suicide and the media, and co-chairs the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Suicide and the Media Task Force. Jane sits on the Australian Rotary Health Research Committee, and has received Rotary funding in the past for two projects.
One of these explored the relationship between media reporting of suicide and copycat suicides, and the other examined new Medicare funding arrangements for psychologists’ services.
Professor Jane Pirkis District Conference Speaker Graham Fussen 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
DG Barbara Wheatcroft November Newsletter Graham Fussen 2013-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Oct 01, 2013

The Pit Stop – Health Checks for Men project held on 27th October 2012 by the Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully was very successful. More than 600 people visited the event to view the collection of vintage and speedway cars, however most the important part of the day is that 104 men registered to put their body through the Pits for Health Checks. Read More        Download 2013 flyer

Pit Stop Project could be saving lives Graham Fussen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
DG Barbara Wheatcroft September Newsletter Graham Fussen 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Sep 19, 2013

Our vision for Rotary in the future encapsulates a dynamic, vibrant and thriving service club organisation where members are proud to join and keen to stay. It is a service club organisation characterised by: Diversity, Innovative and flexible clubs, Informed and skilled Rotarians, Strategic partnerships and a Well recognised, understood and trusted brand.

Membership Development for Clubs Graham Fussen 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful job Graham Fussen 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jul 23, 2013

The Emergency Medical Information Book (EMIB) is top of the list as a best seller… with more than 1 million copies distributed, this remarkable book is saving lives. Rotary Clubs have taken on distributing the EMIB as an ideal Community Service Project.

Emergency Medical Information Book Graham Fussen 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Get your Rotary Down Under subscription online Graham Fussen 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jun 22, 2013
We're very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download! 

The App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you do what you need to run your club effectively while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate
Club Runner Mobile App Available for District Website Graham Fussen 2013-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Jun 18, 2013
Your club – every club – has experienced this: you bring in a new member full of excitement and enthusiasm. Within a year or two the member quits, never having gotten involved in the club. And this is repeated many times throughout the Rotary year.
What Do Members Want? Retain to Gain Graham Fussen 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Registration closing soon Graham Fussen 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
End POLIO Now 99% there Graham Fussen 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on May 11, 2011

Rotarians and Friends can now show their support for polio eradication by creating their own "This Close" adverts and joining an online gallery of supporters worldwide.

At, Rotarians and the general public can select from a variety of silhouettes making the "This Close" gesture, then add their faces by uploading a photo from their computer, webcam, or Facebook. The ads will appear automatically alongside the hundreds already posted in the online gallery.

After more than 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are now “This Close” to eradicating polio from the World Graham Fussen 2011-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Fussen on Feb 28, 2011

One of the Adelaide Club's key annual events has raised much needed funds for children suffering cancer. It was conceived by Annette Rogers, an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide, after experiencing the anguish of losing a grandchild to cancer. Annette, an active member of the Royal SA Yacht Squadron, saw the potential to provide a day of fun and laughter for children suffering from this insidious disease and their families/carers while also raising much needed funds for their ongoing support. 

She approached the Rotary Club to help stage the event which has now been held for six years and raised in excess of $300,000.

Flotilla For Kids – a Fundraising Success Graham Fussen 2011-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary New Generations Website Reginald Hutchinson 2010-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
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