December 2017
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From the District Governor
The formal application to RI for the amalgamation of Districts 9500 & 9520 has been submitted, the steering committee to guide the process of the formation of one district has been formed, and in the pending few days a joint call will be made for nominations from D9500 & D9520 Rotarians for the position of 2020/21 (new district) District Governor.
Much behind the scenes negotiations and preparation work has been undertaken by the leaders of both districts to get us to this stage and it demonstrates the preparedness of both districts to come together for the longer term benefit of Rotary in our little corner of the globe.

The steering committee members are: from D9520 - PDG Euan Miller, PDG Peter Ochota, PDG Bruce Richardson and PDG Malcolm Lindquist. From D9500 - PDG Barbara Wheatcroft, PP Sandy Sumsion, PP Robert Eley and PP D’Arcy Walsh. PDG Doug Layng, in his role as Asst. Rotary Coordinator Zone 8 (part of) will be an ex officio member of the committee.
Bob Cooper
District Governor 9520
Exciting Times Ahead

Dear members
The  accompanying article  from RI Director Noel Trevaskis has been sent to all District Governors throughout Australia and New Zealand with the request to share it with you, as a step towards Rotary flourishing into the next 100 years.
The article mentions the imminent plans to bring our two districts together into a one new district and also talks about the wider challenges facing us as we ensure our relevance and attractiveness into the future.
Much work has been done over recent months by the ‘G Trains’ of both Districts (Immediate Past DGs, current DGs, DGEs and DGNs) who have been working hard to be ready for  the changes we face. Our motivation has been to be prepared as we support and strengthen clubs so that Rotary is stronger in our region.
We are pleased the article recognises the central importance of clubs and we want to assure you that in embracing change at District level we are doing so in the essence that the District’s role is to provide support and guidance to Clubs. 
The New District Steering committee which is made up of a good cross section of experienced Rotarians at different levels of service, will guide the final structure and establishment of the new district.
In the mean-time we assure you that we along with incoming DGEs Kim Harvey and David Egan and incoming DGNs Jane Owens and Tim Klar are all working together to support our clubs to flourish in the years ahead.
Please  Click Here  for the article from RI Director Noel Trevaskis.
Yours in Rotary Service
Bob Cooper
Peter Schaefer
District Governor 9520
District Governor 9500
District Governor 2020 – 2021
A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity in an Exciting Leadership Role
Rotary is a well-known and highly respected international service organisation. To further strengthen and improve Rotary’s effectiveness, it was recently decided to merge Districts 9500 and 9520 in 2020. The new District will include over 2,000 Rotarians in 94 Clubs, covering the majority of South Australia and parts of the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

As a result, an exciting opportunity now exists for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic Rotarian from either District 9500 or 9520 to take on the position of District Governor and lead the new District into a challenging and rewarding era in Rotary’s proud history.
Please  Click Here  for the full advertisement.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
All good things must come to an end, and RYLA 2017 has been no exception. RYLA 2017 was held at Nunyara Conference Centre from 23rd to 29th September with 41 awardees taking part in the seminar. During the week, they found themselves learning skills in public speaking, how to influence people, the different types of leadership and how to make a good first impression. On top of this they learnt how to manage time, self-care and communicate effectively with others.
Rotary provides the foundations for these skills through RYLA, however one of the biggest aspects of the seminar is one we don't facilitate, the friendships and outcome of finding oneself. This is said best by one of the awardees -
"So, i just got home from an amazing week, with amazing people at seminar RYLA. We laughed, we cried. We danced the nights away. We got lost and we found ourselves. But most importantly we made connections with people that could last a lifetime and learnt a little bit about leadership in the process. Cheers to my new RYLA family!"
The RYLA committee would like to thank all clubs involved in this year’s program for sponsoring the awardees because without each and every one of you this seminar would not have been possible. We had just under 200 people at the graduation and everyone, especially the awardees, felt the love and support in that room.
We thank those that make RYLA happen on a yearly basis, however we often over-look individuals who give months and months of their personal time - year after year. The committee was thrilled for two people at this year’s Graduation, with District Governor Bob presenting a Paul Harris Fellow to Kevin Read (RYLA 2011, Rotary Club of St Peters), and a Sapphire Pin to Damian Leach (Rotary Club of Campbelltown), both of whom have given enormous amounts of time every year over an extended period of time.
I’d like to also acknowledge the Rotary Club of Mount Barker, as host club for RYLA 2017, and the Rotary Club of Noarlunga, who hosted our Graduation Dinner.
The next RYLA seminar is booked in for September 2018 and now is the perfect time to start thinking about the next person you'd like to give this opportunity to!
Stephany Martin
District Chair, RYLA RYPEN
District Chair, Rotaract / Interact / EarlyAct
50 Years of Rotaract
Rotaract is celebrating 50 years of service. The service in our community and abroad - right from the beginning in 1968 to our current Rotaract service.
Over the last 50 years our district has changed a lot and again, it will change in the coming years. This event is being organised cross district so that it caters for everyone, including you, if you were a member of a Rotaract club that was once in the now 9500 district.
The event will be early April 2018, however over the next month we would really appreciate any stories, photos (especially photos!!) and some contacts of people we should invite! Some previous Rotaractors never became Rotarians, so we have no way of contacting them and are relying on you to make that happen. Please send us names and contacts so we can send an official invite.
We would love for this event to be a fantastic reunion for all Rotaractors over the past 50 years to celebrate all that has been achieved as well as raise money for a wonderful cause.
More info to come, please keep this event in mind and send any details to
Stephany Martin
District Chair: RYLA RYPEN
District Chair: Rotaract / Interact / EarlyAct
Please do not hesitate to contact me (Stephany) on 0439 572 495
Rotary Leadership Institute
Like to meet Rotarians from other clubs and learn more about Rotary? Then Rotary Leadership Institute is for you.
We still have places available in all courses – get started now and register (see below for details) for this exciting Rotary experience.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast paced, interactive, (one weekend) courses offered to refine a Rotarian’s leadership skills and increase their base knowledge of Rotary.
Courses are fun, topical, interactive and geared to busy business people and professionals who would like to be more dynamic as leaders and members of their vocation and club. The training provides a better understanding of Rotary and its programmes, thus developing more effective Rotarians.
The Rotary Leadership Institute was formed in 1992 and it has been adopted by 192 Rotary Districts in 94 countries around the world. Participants are expected to contribute their experience and ideas in facilitated discussion groups (not more than 15 participants) and the aim is to acquire leadership skills and grow Rotary knowledge. A deeper understanding of the unique nature of each Rotary club is fostered and participants are encouraged to learn from these differences. The style of the courses is conversational and learning comes by sharing knowledge, ideas and opinions.
The Institute offers courses in two full day sessions (9:00am to 5:00pm) and participants must complete day 1 before proceeding to day 2. Rotary Clubs are asked to select at least two candidates for RLI annually and encouraged to send as many members as show interest in attending. Graduates return to their club with enthusiasm, new contacts, fresh ideas, an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians, adding valuable skills that will impact on the club.
For 2018 the cost per Rotarian Is $180 for the weekend and it is usual for clubs to pay this charge for their members. Dates for upcoming courses are:
10th - 11th February 2018PDG Sam CamporealeFlinders University
 PDG Jerry Casburn 
 Chair Damian Leach 
Register at:
28th - 29th April 2018PDG Euan MillerSaint Francis of Assisi, Newton
 PDG Dick Cuttle 
 Chair Damian Leach 
Register at:


Comments from Rotarians who have attended Rotary Leadership Institute.

  • Good course, well presented covering a lot of ground.

  • Great to have more detail about Rotary beyond what we do at the club.

  • Good to share knowledge and ideas.

  • Very interesting and thought provoking. The sessions flowed well.

  • The course was well presented. Loved the enthusiasm and obvious commitment.

  • I found the information very good and gave a better understanding how Rotary works and what is available.


Rotary Club of Norwood presents "Fiesta Latina"
Hola amigos,  
How exciting ... our guest numbers are rapidly increasing for our fabulous Fiesta to help empowering youth in Bolivia!
Saturday 9th December 2017, Don Pyatt Hall, Norwood Town Hall, 175 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067, 6:30pm (for 7:00pm start) – 11:00pm
Proudly the biggest fundraiser event from our Rotary club of Norwood... full entertainment guaranteed:
Rotary Club of Edwardstown’s 60th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Edwardstown plans to celebrate 60 years of service to its community on Sunday, 18th March 2018 at 12:00 for 12:30 at the Glenelg Golf Club.
Please support the club in celebrating this milestone and hear guest speaker Sarah Brown, Purple House.
Anne Ducray
President, Rotary Club of Edwardstown
Phone: 0412 418 077
For an outline of the history of the Rotary Club of Edwardstown over the past 60 years, please click Read more ...
For Your Club Bulletin
Could you please consider placing an ad for the following "It's In The Bag" collection for at-risk and homeless women, into your next Club Bulletin. They are looking for new or used handbags filled with personal hygiene items to give to the women in need as Christmas gifts.
The collection runs until 2nd December. The national charity "Share the Dignity" are organising the collection, and Bunnings are the collection points. Please see for further details.
One of the recipient groups is our local Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service (EADVS). As I understand it, items that go to Bunnings Windsor Gardens will target EADVS.
Submitted by:
Ian Coat
Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise
Voice of Rotary Needs YOU
Voice of Rotary is a 30 min radio program that goes to air on Vision Australia Radio - 1197am and VA radio Digital at 7.30 pm each Tuesday evening.
The program is a combined activity of both districts and its aim is to showcase Rotary projects, Clubs and Members.
The program is recorded each Tuesday morning at the V A Studios Hilton Central, Sir Donald Bradman Drive; session 1 at 8.45am and session 2 at 9.30am.
Podcasts are made available at Voice of Rotary’s web page:
The program is in dire need of some guest presenters, so if you have a desire for a radio career, or are just interested in learning the mechanics of presenting and interviewing on radio then give Public Image and VoR Coordinator Wendy Gaborit a call.
Submitted by: Wendy Gaborit, Rotary Public Image Coordinator Zone 8
Phone: 0418 858 717
What Can YOU Do To End Trachoma By 2020?
Become a District Trachoma Champion
Only together can we make the greatest impact to prevent trachoma and other infectious diseases, to provide for the basic right to sight through functional, safe, sanitation facilities.
The Rotary Club of Glen Waverley (District 9810) will be donating the proceeds of this year’s fundraising efforts from their Used Stamps project to EndTrachoma by 2020. Your club can collect stamps to support this so called ‘Philatelic Garbology’ fundraiser, run by Rotarian Carrol Farmer ( Send any used stamps to Apt. 423/ 1286 High St., Malvern, Victoria 3144
Many clubs have so far been incredibly innovative in their fundraising activities: a dress-up film evening, a Peony Picnic Harvest, a Grand Prix Classic Car Tour and Party... even the proceeds of a BBQ will go a long way!
Click the above picture to read about the 5 ways you can help to End TrachomaClick the above picture to learn about Trachoma in Australia and what you can do about it
END TRACHOMA 2020. A multi-District Project Celebrating the anniversary of 100 Years of Rotary in Australia
Our Australian Centennial project needs your support on the ground to mobilise Rotarians and communicate the value of our project to clubs and communities.

We are currently recruiting District Trachoma Champions to engage club support across Australia to EndTrachoma by 2020. If you are interested in working with us, with Rotary International President 2017-18 Ian Riseley and Zone Director Noel Trevaskis, with Rotary clubs around Australia to Make a Difference to communities within our own country, and make history in Rotary in Australia, and history in Australia, consider becoming a Trachoma Champion. Find out more at

Contact your District Governor for a role description, or get in touch with us directly.

Submitted by: PDG Wendy Gaborit
Rotary Public Image Coordinator Zone 8
Phone: 0418 858 717
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship
This article is to invite your Rotary Club to sponsor a delegate to attend the annual Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) program in Canberra in May 2018.
RAIC is a not-for-profit program run by the Rotary Clubs of Canberra and Woden, in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) for about 35 year 11 students.  Its aim is to give attendees (or delegates as we call the Year 11 students who attend) an in-depth understanding of Australia’s Parliamentary democracy and what it means to be an Australian citizen.
Please  Click Here  to download and view the official Letter to Club Presidents.
Please  Click Here  to download and view the official Brochure.
Rotary Friendship Exchange to South-Western Virginia / Tennessee USA
Anyone interested in being part of a group travelling to USA next May for a 14 Day visit to district 7570 needs to express an interest to Craig Maidment RFE Co-ordinator District 9520.
His contact email is
The Americans have expressed a desire to attend our conference in March next year and will stay with us for a two week period.
The area you would be travelling to would include the mountains of Virginia / Tennessee and historical sites of the American Civil War.
This is an opportunity for us to engage with Rotarians in a unique part of the world as well as providing a launching pad for further travel after the exchange to other parts of the USA or beyond.
This distict has recently had most successful exchanges with Canada and India and everyone that has been involved will tell you of their unique and rewarding experiences.
Numbers are limited so expressions of interest are sought as soon as possible so that the Americans can be assured of our involvement.
Craig has all the details and has also experience in Friendship Exchange having been part of the 21 person group that went to Ontario Canada from our District.
The Rotary Clubs of Mobilong & Murray Bridge are again hosting their annual Art Show in 2018.
Applications for entry are now available via our website.
Categories include 2D (painting), 3D (sculpture / ceramics) & photography.
Dates are 9th - 25th February 2018
Enter now by clicking the button below
Combined District 9500 / 9520 Conference 2018
This year's District Conference is a combined Conference between Districts 9500 and 9520.
DGs Peter Schaefer (9500) and Bob Cooper (9520) invite you to enjoy a visit to the Barossa Valley from 23rd to 25th March 2018 for a conference with a difference, “Making a difference”.
For more information, please visit the Conference website at
To view the official District Conference Publication, please  Click here . Please consider publishing this in your own club Bulletins and Newsletters.
Combined District 9500 / 9520 Conference Show Case Request
To Convenors of Club Projects, Committees and Rotary Programs
The combined Rotary Conference to be held in the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre in 2018 will feature a Rotary Showcase where Clubs, District and Rotary affiliated programs can display and issue materials to publicise their activities.
Organisations are invited to apply for the allocation of Display Spaces at the Conference. The Conference commences at 1:00pm on Friday 23rd March with Registration open from 9.30am. The conference concludes at 1:00pm on Sunday 25th March.
The Convenor of the Rotary Showcase is PP Les Dennis (RC of Regency Park) who can be contacted at  or on 0408 813 966
Because this is a combined Conference highlighting Coming Together it is likely that there will be a heavy demand for available spaces. Convenors and key personnel are urged to contact Les to reserve a spot in the display area asap.
For those activities which are duplicated in D9500 and D9520 the convenors and Chairs are requested to have a joint display area. Eg RYLA, ROMAC Shelterbox.
To reserve your spot and obtain further details, please contact Les now.
Malcolm Lindquist
Conference Chair
Mb: 0439 877 511
John Caddy
Conference Secretary
Mb: 0417 804 901
Rotary International Convention 2018
The next Rotary International Convention is to be held in Toronto between 23rd and 27th June 2018.
For information on tour packages, please see the next article.
Rotary Down Under Tours
Rotary Down Under are running tours in Canada in June next year and are timed to run right before the Rotary International Convention in Toronto.
You may choose to go on a tour irrespective of whether you are heading to the Rotary International Convention afterwards.
The tours take in some Rotary meetings as organised by Rotary Down Under so they are a great opportunity to meet Canadian Rotarians.
Unfortunately, the information evening scheduled for Friday, 17th November was cancelled "due to lack of interest".
If you are still interested, please  Click Here  for the latest information brochure.

Upcoming Events
Voice of Rotary
Jan 09, 2018 7:30 PM
Voice of Rotary
Jan 16, 2018 7:30 PM
Murray Bridge Art Show
Feb 09, 2018 – Feb 25, 2018
Rotary Leadership Institute - Session Two
Flinders University
Feb 10, 2018 8:30 AM –
Feb 11, 2018 5:00 PM
Murray Bridge SWAP MEET
Murray Bridge Showgrounds
Feb 18, 2018 6:00 AM
RI President Ian's Visit
Mar 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Edwardstown 60th Anniversary
Glenelg Golf Club
Mar 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary Combined 9500/9520 District Conference
Barossa Valley
Mar 22, 2018 – Mar 25, 2018
Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment - Sunraysia
Apr 13, 2018 3:00 PM –
Apr 15, 2018 3:00 PM
Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment
Apr 19, 2018 3:00 PM –
Apr 21, 2018 3:00 PM


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