Issue 12 of 2017-2018: 17 September 2017
  1. If you are viewing this Digest from a mobile device or have trouble seeing the pictures and photographs, click on the words Click here in the advice Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view it online at the top of the digest to ensure you see the entire document.
  2. To have a project or event included in the District eDigest please provide the District Secretary with full details and an external link or a flyer if possible to help with advertising. Remember the Digest will be published once a week on Sunday where possible.   

Dates to plan for or keep open 
  • 24 October - Rotary's World Polio Day Livestream Event

  • 30 October-5 November - World Interact Week

  • 31 December 2017 Last day for 'early bird' 9465 Conference registrations

  • 14-20 January 2018 International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
  • 16 March 2018 district officers training
  • 16-18 March 2018 District 9465 Conference at Margaret River. 
  • 14-15 April 2018 president elect training seminar
  • 28-29 April 2018 club officer training (Goldfields) - includes Foundation grants management and governance seminars
  • 6 May 2018 club officer training (Metropolitan) - includes Foundation grants management and governance seminars
  • 20 May 2018 club officer training (Collie) - includes Foundation grants management and governance seminars
  • 24-27 June 2018 Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
District 9465 2018 Conference - Margaret River 16 - 18 March 2018
(Click on the picture for video)
The Margaret River 2018 District Conference Committee has opened My Booking Manager for ‘Early Bird’ registrations which incorporates are small financial saving if payment occurs prior to 31 December 2017. Bookings are available now at: 
Any other enquiries should be sent to
Anyone who has seen Dolly Parton in concert will agree that the pint-sized singer/songwriter is a gifted story teller. In a bid to share her passion for words, Dolly launched the Imagination Library in 1996. Since then over 56,000,000 books have been gifted to children across the globe.Dolly Parton
On her recent visit to Australia, Dolly Parton shared her passion for reading and her dreams as a child of becoming a singer and songwriter. She described how growing up in a highly disadvantaged area where even her family members could not afford books was the impetus for starting the now global Imagination Library.
“If you can read, you can learn about anything,” says Dolly, whose goal is to inspire a love of reading and learning among all children. To date, she and her local partners have gifted over 56,000,000 books to children across four countries.
The Imagination Library aims to improve early childhood literacy for children by giving them a free, high-quality, age-appropriate book each month from birth to age five.
In Australia, Rotary and United Way are working in partnership to expand and run Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, targeting our most disadvantaged communities first.
Studies show that lower literacy and education levels can be a precursor to social issues such as unemployment and poverty, perpetuating the cycle of disadvantage.
Shockingly, 400 Australian communities have been identified as having a 50 per cent or higher rate of “language vulnerable” children starting school compared with the national average. More so, 82 per cent of these communities don’t have an early literacy initiative in their area.
Language vulnerable children lack the basics – they don’t know how to hold a book and turn the pages, recognise letters and attach sounds to them, count, compare or recognise numbers and basic shapes and they have difficultly remembering things, participating in games involving language and communicating.
“We know one in five Australian children are starting school without the basics they need and in some communities this figure is as high as three in five,” says United Way CEO Doug Taylor. “Encouraging early reading is critical to fostering a love of learning and ongoing career opportunities down the track.”
The United Way network and participating Rotary District partners have signed up 1350 children and distributed more than 4,000 books to children in seven communities in the past six months.  Since 2009, Rotary clubs have provided books to children in more than 300 communities through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
“Strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy is a key area of focus for Rotary internationally,” says District 9675 Governor Garry Browne. “We hope that with the support of Rotarians, Rotary clubs and their extensive community networks, we can work with United Way to bring the Imagination Library to communities and make starting school strong a reality for thousands of young children across Australia.”
Rotarians in Wollongong, NSW, have signed up more than 40 children since February, Rotarians are supporting 99 children in Noble Park, Vic, and Illawarra's Rotary clubs have combined and raised funds for 160 children to participate over the next three years.
“In the future, we hope to expand the program to more families and other suburbs in the Illawarra area,” says Assistant District 9675 Governor Sue Clark. “This is a long-term program and the challenge is achieving financial sustainability.”
Through research, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been shown to:
  • Improve the overall learning preparedness of children (reading, thinking, listening and social skills);
  • Increase the frequency of reading of parents and families to their children as a result of receiving monthly books;
  • Increase the chance they will be read to daily – irrespective of child’s age, gender, family income, parent education, race or primary language spoken at home;
  • Be the primary source of books in the home for over one third of the families on the program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can be replicated by any group, in any community across Australia. If your Rotary District or club is interested in supporting children’s literacy visit to register your interest.
Have you ever wished that there was one kitchen aid that ‘did it all’, well this is it, the Thermomix!
The most advanced kitchen appliance around, Thermomix unites the functions of 12 appliances in one compact unit.  Thermomix can add a new dimension to your kitchen. Take a look at this kitchen marvel at:
So here is your chance to win a Thermomix and support Rotary’s works locally, nationally and internationally. The Rotary Club of Kenwick is raffling a Thermomix valued at $2100. Tickets are $20 each, available from Trybooking at:
The winner will be drawn on 25 October 2017 & the winner will be advised. 
Licence number LS210458217
Please support this raffle by purchasing tickets yourself, promoting it to your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Any queries please contact Kay Phipps on 0438885494 or
The Rotary Club of Como is holding its  6th Annual Car Show on Sunday 1 October 2017 at Wesley College, South Perth commencing 10am.
On display will be around 200 classic, vintage, exotic and luxury cars and over 2000 people are expected to attend.
Admission is $10 adults, $8 concession and gold coin for children under 18. All proceeds from the car show will benefit Rotary and Wesley  community charities.
Click here for the Flyer.                                                                        Click here  for the website.

11 October 2017 Business in Mandurah – Networking Host: Rotary Club of Mandurah Our hosts for the first BiG Event of the year is our local Rotary Club. Click here for the Flyer.
Travel with a purpose … Hop On – Hop Off and join with the Muster for Mental Health; a mental health fundraising and awareness initiative of Australian Rotary Health with a drive from Perth to Adelaide from 12 October to 7 November 2017. Join our journey around Australia while on the road for mental health.
Everything you need to know can be found in the invitation and at
The Rotary Club of Scarborough (District 9455) is having a Quiz Night at the Belmont Sports and RecreationClub Cnr Abernathy Road and Keane Street Belmont.
When: Friday 13 October 2017
More information is you need it from Jenny Mott 0422 604 144
The White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup 
Friday 10 November, Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November 2017 
ROCKINGHAM’S second Beach Cup horse racing carnival, run by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, will be bigger and better this year. The White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup will grow from two days to three, running across 10, 11 and 12 November 2017 and will start with a golfing tournament on the Friday at Secret Harbour’s Scottish links-style course.
Saturday will be packed with the City of Rockingham Community Arts Festival on the waterfront, an elite invitation-only foot race, two criterium bike races (one male, one female) and climax with a lavish gala dinner and auction at night. Carnival attractions will include kids’ rides, performances on the stage, street performers, buskers, pop-up restaurants, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, a black smith pottery and glass displays.
Six horse races on Rockingham’s main beach on Sunday will climax the big weekend. Fashions on the Sand will be another Sunday drawcard, alongside the continuing community carnival. 
Two ticket-entry marquees will be erected near the finishing post this year. Pre-release ticket sales (for sponsors, Rotarians and other special interest groups) will start on 30 August 2017.  Tickets sales to the general public will commence 5 September 2017.
1.2 million before Earth Day on 22 April 2018
Our very own RI President Ian Riseley and partner Juliet, have asked all clubs to assist their goal of planting one tree for every Rotarian - 1.2 million before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. See the brochure here for further details.
Can this be your club's way to show the world you're Making a Difference?? 
Applications for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
for 2018 are open now!
RYLA is an intensive eight-day program designed for 18-28 year olds with leadership potential and a commitment to community service. The program is a unique opportunity aimed to bring participants out of their comfort zone and challenge them to think outside the square while actively using and building on their existing skills and knowledge.
RYLA includes seminars, workshops, physical activities and team games relating to areas including Communication and Public Speaking, Leadership, Team Work and Group Dynamics, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Goal Setting, Time Management and Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence.
Applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance onto RYLA.  Successful applicants will have the energy, commitment and motivation to develop their leadership potential and be willing to challenge themselves physically and mentally over the course of the program.
RYLA is held at the Serpentine Camping Centre from Saturday 13th January – Saturday 20th January 2018.
Rotary Club Sponsorship for a RYLA participant is $800, and the participant contribution is $250.  This includes all activities, accommodation and meals for the week.
See the RYLA flyer here.
The application form is available online - click here
District 9465 Short Term Youth Exchange
Calls for an expression of Interest
District 9465 Short Term Youth Exchange Committee is seeking students for Short Term Exchanges in 2018. Our counterparts in those countries that exchange with us  are currently calling for applicants for next year (2018).
Rotary Short Term Exchanges provide a unique opportunity to experience the cultures of a different country and a different way of life. All applicants must be sponsored by a Rotary Club and outbound students must attend school where possible and be prepared to be interviewed by the District Committee or a member of the sponsoring Rotary Club. Students must attend a full briefing before departure. The whole program is flexible and can be adapted to suit individual students needs. 
All students are covered by Rotary Insurance
To find out more or request an application form please contact:
Phil Cordery       0419 047 075
Barry Berger     0421 604 816
Useful links
Australian Rotary Health
D9465 Facebook Page
D9465 Twitter
RI Rotary News and Media
Rotary District 9455 (Northern WA)
Rotary Down Under
Rotary Out West
Shelterbox Australia
Bulletin Editor
Issue 12 of 2017-2018: 17 September 2017