January 2018
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RI President Ian's Visit
At the invitation of the Rotary Club of Mobilong, RI President Ian and Juliet Riseley are scheduling a visit to Murray Bridge and we (Mobilong) are inviting you to join us on the afternoon of 10th March at the Murray Bridge Town Hall, to meet and mingle with Ian and Juliet, share a glass of wine and some nibbles and hear him address us on all things Rotary.
The program is currently with Ian awaiting his endorsement, details will be circulated once known.
For more information contact PDG Wendy Gaborit on 0418 858 717 or


District Awards for District Conference
The District Awards will be decided on the criteria given under each heading in conjunction with the following general criteria:
  1. Project planning

  2. Publicity/Feedback

  3. Relevance/Need

  4. Innovative Aspects

  5. Club Members’ Input

  6. Community Impact/Involvement

  • Please note that awards numbered 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 will be based on written submissions forwarded to the District Governor / Secretary at least four weeks prior to the District Conference.

  • All projects are to be commenced or completed in the two years prior to the District Conference at which they are entered for competition and for which they have not previously won that award.

  • Written submissions may be supported by a visual presentation displayed at the Conference. The quality of the visual presentation will be taken into account when making these awards. These displays will also automatically be entered for the Stan Fereday Award – Best Displayed Club Project (No. 5).

For a list of awards, please click
“Creatures of Habit”
Our former District Membership Chair Mark Huddleston has just written his first book.
“Creatures of Habit” is being launched at the District Conference in March. RRP is $24.90 but Mark is offering a 20% advance purchase discount, so you can pay $20.00 and reserve your copy. It can then be either picked up from the conference or Mark personally, or pay $8.95 to be posted to you.
Mark says:-
"In Creatures of Habit I explain how yesterday's actions brought about today's membership predicament, and why today's response is so important for Rotary's future. I'll also discuss how to overcome the recruitment barriers we put in place, and will point out the biggest and most counterproductive mistake clubs make when facing membership decline. 

Make no mistake: new members are out there just waiting to join the right version of Rotary.

Creatures of Habit shares every membership tip I've picked up along the way, and explains how we can deliver the right message to the right audience and plot a path to recovery".
RYPEN Applications Now Open
Last year, the District RYLA/RYPEN Committee launched a website specifically for the RYPEN program at This website had provided all of the information clubs have been asking for, and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section, along with the “For clubs” section. It has had over 5,000 views over the past year, and contributed to our most successful RYPEN program.
As we receive questions from clubs we will be updating it so that all clubs can have the most up to date information. It is adaptable to PC, Mac and all mobile devices. So check it out, and let us know what you think.
Another component which we introduced, was that we could accept online applications. While we continue to recognise that many clubs circulate hard copy forms (which are also available on the website), this provides the opportunity for your club to promote the program to a young person (between the ages of 14-17) and for them to apply ON THE SPOT.
One challenge that many clubs face is finding their own applicant. RYPEN is an opportunity to develop young people in our communities in many areas. It also provides a source of new young people in to our club… a gateway to Rotary experiences.
Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show
With an increase of 150 entries on last year, the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show will exhibit 1260 paintings in this year's event. As with last year, sculpture and glass art from Kate Shierlaw will also be on display.
The event opens on 12th January 2018 and will be attended by District Governor Bob Cooper.
The judge for the show is Alison Mitchell, a visual artist based near Riverton in SA. She has been a finalist in a number of National Art Awards, held numerous solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions with her husband Robert Hannaford. She has judged a variety of Art Shows and was an instigator of the Adelaide Parklands Art Prize.
"Art is a suspension of our everyday reality through the context of its presentation, the shock of the new or through sheer technical skill. It is philosophy with objects in it".
Looking for Jane
During 1978-1979 the Rotary Club of Victor-Farmington in New York State (USA) hosted Jane Mansfield from Perth, Western Australia. I do not have any further bio info on her but I do recall that her father was a medical doctor, possibly a surgeon, in Perth in 1978. I do not know if her father was a Rotarian.
Six years later, while I was a Team Leader for a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team visiting District 978 (9780) I happened to encounter Jane when local Rotarians took us to a park in the mountains in South Australia. Jane arrived at the same location at the same time and we were exiting our vehicles when we met.
She told me she had married and was now (1985) living in Adelaide. She introduced me to her husband. However, I did not record her married name and now, 32 years later, cannot recall her married name.
My club (Victor-Farmington Rotary) is contacting all of the Rotary exchange students we have hosted over the decades to ascertain where life’s travels have taken them. Jane was the first Rotary student our club hosted in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
On behalf of our Rotary club, I would very much like to reestablish contact with Jane. I would like to include her in our “Where Are They Now” project.
If this info on Jane jogs anyone’s memory – especially Rotarians from that era – in either the Perth or Adelaide area – I would appreciate any assistance. Jane can contact me at any time.
I realize it is highly unlikely that this “shot in the dark” will be fruitful but when you reach out to Rotarians – who knows?
Dave Luitweiler
1268 Wellington Dr
Victor, NY  14564 USA
Victor-Farmington Rotary Club
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 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.
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 ...
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
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
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
District Leaders & Team Training
Feb 24, 2018
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
Presidents Elect Training
Apr 07, 2018 – Apr 08, 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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