May 2020
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From the District Governor
Hello my fellow Rotarians.
As I write my thoughts to you in the May edition of the Herald I reflected on how much has changed in the last six months. We are a have 2 more editions of the Herald to go and it will be the end of the Rotary year and it will be the end of the District 9520.
Normally we make all our decisions at PETS, District Assembly and District Conference where we can debate the merits of proposals put by the leadership team and discuss and get feedback.
Who would have thought 10 months ago that we would vote electronically to approve the new Constitution and bylaws of District 9510?
Who would have thought that we would have an amalgamation vote electronically by the two districts to agree to amalgamate?
Who would have thought that we would pass the budget for district 9510 by an electronic vote?

We are now in a situation where we are going to have a virtual district assembly with its webinars being run on the 6th and 7th of June, 13th and 14th of June and on 20th June. The training team will be circulating dates and topics but I encourage all incoming board members and Rotarians to put these dates in your diary.
We are also going to have a Rotary first internationally, with the first ever virtual Rotary International Convention be held on the 20th to 26 June. All Rotarians will be encouraged to participate to see the great program  that we are running to encourage all Rotarians that all is not doom and gloom at the moment.
We have been circulating guidelines on how to run zoom meetings, how to have social interaction amongst members and how to have virtual changeovers to club presidents if necessary.
I'm very pleased with the way Rotarians in this district have adapted very quickly to the new virtual world in which we are living. When this Covid-19 locked down is lifted I don't think will go back to doing Rotary the way we did it years ago but we will take advantage of the new tools we have learnt in this difficult period.

NYSF April Newsletter
Catch up on the latest news and events from the National Youth Science Forum. Inspiring Australia’s leading young scientists since 1984.
NYSF 2020-2021 Applications Open
Every club should have received before Easter, by mail, detailed information from NYSF.

The Rotary Foundation and International
Revised Requirements for the 2019-20 Rotary Citation
We know that some of the 2019-20 Rotary Citation goals may be difficult for clubs to achieve during this pandemic, so we’ve revised the requirements.
Cyclone Harold Appeal
As a result of Cyclone Harold, there has been widespread destruction in Vanuatu to property within the regions Luganville, Ambae, Pentecost and Malo Islands.
There is urgent need for building supplies, shelter short and long term, food and mosquito nets
Global Fund and RAWCS-RAM
The Global Fund and RAWCS-RAM join hands to eliminate malaria in the Oceania region.
Get Connected with RDU
The Rotary Down Under website is being upgraded to reflect a more dynamic collection of content that Districts and Clubs can use.
Rotary Give Every Child A Future
Rotary Give Every Child A Future is Rotary Australasia’s centennial project to introduce three vaccines into nine Pacific Island countries. It has just reached a significant milestone with the approval of NINE Global Grants by The Rotary Foundation. These grants, one for each country for the first year of the project, have a combined value of US$1.3 million.
Rotary Peace Centres
We have two months left to recruit qualified candidates for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship and we need your help!
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.

Be the Inspiration
SA Districts Drought Relief
Does your Rotary Club have farming friends doing it tough in rural communities located in drought declared areas of our Rotary Districts 9500/9520?
Your Rotary club can support by directing RAWCS monies amounting to $200,000 to farming communities you find in need.
Virtual Rotary Club Changeovers
This Rotary year's end is fast approaching.
Officers-Elect are planning their year in office. Current officers are hoping they can put their feet up and everyone prepares to celebrate the year of hard work with one of our annual ceremonies, The Changeover.
Our traditional changeovers, like many things in the Covid-19 World, aren't an option. But where some clubs are opting to cancel or postpone the changeovers, many are asking another question. “How might we do our changeover online”?
Kangaroo Island Fencing Program
Sarah and I travelled to KI on Sunday 3rd May and set up our/ my camp on the property of David and Lynn McArdle. They are situated 8km south of Parndana and have 2 properties close together. Both homes on the properties were lost and David and Lynn have been living in the Shearing shed, a donated bus and have the use of a donated Recovery Pod.
District Awards
Normally we would have presented a significant number of the District Awards at the District Conference and others at the District Governor's Changeover.
However, this is not a Normal year and we didn't have a conference and will probably have a virtual DG's changeover.
I am announcing the Awards that would have been presented at the Conference as per the attached spreadsheet and congratulate all Clubs on their efforts.
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.

Morning Tea in the Afternoon
You, your partners and friends are invited to the Rotary Club of Mitcham Biggest Morning Tea (via Zoom) on Sunday 24 May at 2.30pm SA Time.

Learning and Development
District 9500 Cyber Crime Presentation
District has been notified of a CyberCrime presentation available to District 9500 clubs. It has now been made available to District 9520 clubs.
If you are interested in having the presentation at your club, or a group of clubs, please contact Stephen Noble at
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 9520 2019-20 Training Schedule

Upcoming Events
G- Train & Committee of Management
Jun 20, 2020 9:30 AM
District 9510 "Virtual" Changeover
Jul 05, 2020
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
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