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Issue 39 of 2019-2020: 31 May 2020
  • 14 June 2020 9AM - 11AM: District 9465 Assembly ONLINE
  • 20 June 2020 Chicago Times: 2020 RI Virtual Convention
  • 30 JUne 2020 5PM: District Grants Applications Close
  • 27 - 31 May 2023: International Conference at MELBOURNE!
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Save these dates for Rotary International Virtual Convention

(All times are Chicago time CST)

General Sessions
Saturday, 20 June
1: Together, We Connect-  8 to 9:15 am (Chicago time)

Sunday, 21 June                  
2: Together, We Learn - 8 to 9:15 am (Chicago time)

Breakout Sessions

  • 8:00 each day - Chicago Time (UTC-5)

Monday, 22 June

  • 8:00 - Using Virtual Tools to Engage Members
  • 12:00 - Engaging Rotary Alumni
  • 18:00 - Greening Rotary Events: Be Plastic-free, Offset Carbon, and More!

Tuesday, 23 June

  • 8:00 - Grow Rotary Through New Club Types
  • 12:00 - President-Nominee Session
  • 18:00 - How to Start and Manage RAGM Microfinance Projects 
    (presented in Spanish)

Wednesday, 24 June

  • 8:00 - Adopt-a-River Initiative: A Rotary & UNEP Partnership Model
  • 12:00 - Rotaract Elevated, Now What?
  • 18:00 - Disruptive Innovation in Rotary Clubs
    (presented in Spanish)

Thursday, 25 June

  • 8:00 - How to Submit a Great Global Grant Application
  • 12:00 - President-Elect Session
  • 18:00 - Digital Trends of 2021: Using Tech to Engage Millennials

Friday, 26 June

  • 8:00 - Engage Young Families with Service and Alternative Meetings
  • 12:00 - The Rotary Brand
  • 18:00 - Personal Growth Opportunities: Rotary’s Alliance with Toastmasters
These Live Sessions will be recorded and archived for On Demand viewing
For more details and registration consult www.riconvention.org
PDG Douglas Vincent, D7080 Ontario, Canada
RCMP Federal Community Policing Advisor
Rotary United Nations Rep, UNAC Z24
Join Rotarians from around the District and share how Rotary Opens Opportunities at our 2020 District Assembly via Zoom.
Sunday 14 June 2020, 9am – 11am
District Governor Elect Colin Burns will share the 20-21 Rotary International theme as well as his goals and plans for the year, and hear from District leaders about updates to Rotary information and programs. There will be Breakout rooms for the various roles to allow opportunities to share ideas with Rotarians across the District.
Registration via the District Website is essential for Zoom access - and please advise your 20-21 Club position in the comments when registering so you can be allocated to the correct Breakout Room.
We also recommend you download Zoom prior to the date, and check your audio and video settings.
Please contact me with any questions on 0412 329 859, and we look forward to your participation on 14 June :)
PDG Jodie Sparks
E: jsparks@iinet.net.au
M: 0412 329 859
We are pleased to open the request for District Grant Funding for 2020-21.
The District has USD $29,182 available for District Grants for clubs, and are looking to fund Grant amounts between A$1500.00 and A$3,000.00 (dependent on the number of applications received)
Please note that there is only one application per club, your club must fund a significant part of the project and the project should be completed in the 2020-21 Rotary year. The Application must be submitted on the District Grants Form
Applications Close 5pm, 30 June 2020

To Qualify for Grant Funding from the District clubs must meet all of the following criteria:
•        Attendance at Grants Management Seminar
•        Completion of a Memorandum of Understanding
•        Completion of Club Foundation Goals in Rotary Club Central
•        Club giving to the Annual Fund of a minimum of $50 AUD per
          capita in the prior year
•        Have a good record of compliance with reporting criteria on past
 Applications for District Assisted Global Grant funding will open in August 2020.
We look forward to receiving your club’s application but please do not hesitate to contact myself or Grants Chair PDG Pushpa should you have any queries or require any assistance or information about submitting your application.

Jodie Sparks
Rotary District 9465 Foundation Chair
M: 0412 329 859
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Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out. COVID-19 Could Halt That Progress
The disease once paralysed 350,000 children each year; vaccination cam-paigns brought it down to just a few hundred cases. Then, the pandemic struck.
Reprinted from WIRED.COM via Rotary International Facebook page
THE WORLD’S TOTAL number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is closing in on 5 million. But an accidental side effect of the pandemic—an indefinite pause in the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio—could dwarf its toll by allowing the almost-vanquished disease to get a fresh start.
At the end of March, on the advice of a World Health Organization panel of experts, mass vaccination campaigns against polio and measles were put on hold to prevent spreading the virus. As a result, says Dr. Michel Zaffran, WHO’s director of polio eradication, “we have several millions of children below the age of 5 who remain susceptible and have not had the chance to be vaccinated.”
The pause benefits the fight against the coronavirus: Approximately 3,700 WHO employees, consultants, and lab personnel who staff the polio campaign in 55 countries have been loaned to the COVID-19 effort, according to Zaffran. But it is a serious operational hazard for the three-decade campaign. “Our community is concerned,” says Dr. John Sever, the vice chair of the International PolioPlus Committee of Rotary International, a partner in the campaign; its members have delivered more than 2 billion polio vaccinations. “But we recognize the importance of the COVID problem. We’re willing to take a pause in the immunization program with the idea we’ll return to it full throttle as soon as possible.”

Opportunities to serve Rotary District 9465 in 2021-2022

  • Are you passionate about Rotary and the contribution it makes to communities around the world?
  • Are you looking for leadership opportunities?
  • Do you want to challenge yourself and grow both personally and professionally?
  • Are you interested in developing skills to help you in both your work, club and community life?
  • Do you want to join with other likeminded people in developing and progressing the values and philosophy of Rotary in our District?

You are exactly the person District Governor Nominee Kay Phipps is looking for! Expressions of interest are now open for people like you to participate in Rotary by taking a place as a leader at District level during the 2021-2022 Rotary year. For further information contact DGN Kay at:

Email: dgn@rotary9465.org.au 

Phone: 0438 885 494.

What are you waiting for? Step up and out of your comfort zone and be a ‘person of action’!

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The Rotary Club of Pakuranga invites you to join the Ultimate 18 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand
             11th September to 28th September 2020
The Tour Key Points and Highlights are:
  • The Tour includes 2 meals in Rotarians homes, and 2 Rotary Meeting visits.
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accommodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
  • Two night stays in all big city stopovers and 'not too early' start times.
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel with you throughout the Tour.
  • The 18 day Tour includes both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
The following details some of the 62 items that are included within the Tour price:
  • An official Rotarian Welcome at the 'Grand Millennium' Hotel, Gift packs, Guided Tour of Auckland,
  • Entry to the Auckland Museum, Visit to the 'Auckland Sky Tower', Tea Tour and Tastings at Zealong Estate,
  • Guided Tour of 'Hobbiton', Guided Tour of 'Rainbow Springs' and 'Kiwi Encounter', Guided tour of Te Puia
  • including a Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner, visit to the Huka Falls, Wine tasting in Napier,
  • Guided Walking Tour of downtown Napier, Sightseeing Tour of Wellington, Guided Tour of 'Weta Workshop',
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown,
  • Invercargill, Milford Sounds, Sightseeing Tour of Dunedin, Orientation Tour of Christchurch City Centre.
Here are some of the typical comments received from Rotarians on previous Tours:
  • I found it useful not to have late nights included – the days were long enough for ‘oldies’.
  • I have already recommended your tour to someone in our Club.
Special Early-Bird Fares: (This offer ends 29th November 2019 and is subject to change.)
NZ$7,750 per person for two people sharing a room. (Approximately AUD 7,500)
NZ$9,750 per person for a single person in one room. (Approximately AUD 9,450)
Please email: peter.hawkins@xtra.co.nz  to request the 8 page full Tour details.
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