April 2020
 
This year, The Herald is being published on the 2nd Thursday of the month with stories received up to one week prior.
 
Articles for this publication should be of Upcoming events; "Rotary In Action" events should be directed to the DG's Newsletter.
 
Email all articles for either The Herald or the DG's Newsletter to d9520.editor@gmail.com.  Articles can either be in the body of the email, or as a Word attachment.  Attach PDF files if that is all you have.  Photographs in either jpg, gif, png or bmp format.
 
Articles will only be run in the current and next Herald (depending on the event date), after which they will need to be re-submitted.
 

From the District Governor
Spread the Word, NOT the Virus

Membership

Youth

The Rotary Foundation and International
URGENT APPEAL from Shelterbox
As we are told to stay at home, follow social distancing rules and wash our hands regularly, families in Syria and refugee camps across the world have no way of protecting themselves
Rotary Timor-Leste Project Expo
On behalf of District Governor Ron Degenhart and District Governor-Elect Merewyn Wright, District 9550 extends an invitation to join Timorese Rotarians and Rotaractors at the inaugural Zone 8 Rotary Timor-Leste Project Expo in Dili, Timor-Leste at the Timor Plaza Hotel on the 14th -16th of August 2020.
Polio News
Commitment and a sense of community continue to define the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, from the highest decision-making bodies to frontline health workers around the world.
End Polio Now
On 22 January, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that they would extend their long-term fundraising partnership, which generates up to $150 million annually for polio eradication.

Be the Inspiration
Paradise Motors and Tasco Petroleum Support Bushfire Relief
Many thanks to Jeff and Jenny Neale from Paradise Motors for donating a Mazda ute to assist in the Bushfire Relief efforts in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island.
 
Thank you also to Ross Lake of Tasco Petroleum for his generous supply of fuel vouchers to assist the efforts.
Annual Photograph and Video Competition
The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) plans to create a digital library of photographs and videos available to all Rotarians to promote WASH projects on social media, websites, flyers and other promotional materials.
Harmony Week
Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate our vibrant cultural diversity and Australian values of inclusion and respect, and to promote the theme “Everyone Belongs”.  The Australian Government leads and supports celebrations for Harmony Week.
South Australian Bushfire Relief Fund
The South Australian Bushfire Relief Fund has now been added to RAWCS to provide relief for those affected by the recent and on-going South Australian bushfires.
 
To contribute to this appeal, please click the button below.

Events
Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill Art Show CANCELLED
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has been declared an international pandemic and a state public health emergency.  Rotary is committed to do its part in combatting the spread of the virus.
 
At Flagstaff Hill we all need to work together to protect the welfare of artists, volunteers, public visitors and members in the face of the spread of COVID-19.

District 9520 Conference 2020
District 9520 Conference 2020 in Mildura CANCELLED
On Friday evening, 13th March, the Conference Committee determined that the District 9520 Conference sheduled for this month should be cancelled and the attached letter outlines the reasons & expected outcomes from this decision.
 
Since writing the letter, the following information has been received from the Chief Medical Officer which reinforces our difficult decision.
 
"It is clear that a great majority of people with COVID-19 infection (>80%) have mild disease, not requiring any specific health intervention. This mild disease contributes to the high transmissibility of the virus, as many people with infection will continue working and interacting with the community because their symptoms are so mild. … The greatest concern remains the relatively small number of cases with severe pulmonary disease, some with a fatal outcome. We know that the majority of fatal outcomes have been seen in the elderly, or people with comorbidities.”
 
 
Yours in Rotary
 
Tim Klar
District 9520 Governor
District 9520 Conference 2020 Refunds
The District 9520 Conference 2020 Committee has been working extremely hard to guarantee that people who have registered for the Conference receive a full refund.
 
Refunds have now commenced being processed, but it may take a few days to filter back into your accounts, so please be patient.
 
Some of you may be contacted to provide additional details so your refund can be processed. It you are contacted, please assist us by providing the information in a timely manner.  

Learning and Development
10 Ways to Secure Zoom
With social isolation in place, many Clubs and the District are resorting to using video conferencing to conduct meetings.
 
Over the past few weeks, there have been some security issues reported with Zoom, and Zoom developers have implemented changes to address these issues.
 
Please click the [Read more ...] button below to view the guidelines.
District 9510 Assembly
May be Postponed, held via Zoom or Facebook
District 9520 2019-20 Training Schedule

Upcoming Events
Iron Triangle PETS / DA
May 16, 2020 - May 17, 2020
 
G- Train & Committee of Management
May 16, 2020 9:30 AM
 
District Leadership Team Meeting
SILC
May 17, 2020 9:30 AM
 
Alice Springs PETS / DA
May 23, 2020 - May 24, 2020
 
Sunraysia PETS / DA
May 30, 2020 - May 31, 2020
 
G- Train & Committee of Management
Jun 20, 2020 9:30 AM
 
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