19 September 2021
  • 25 - 27 March 2022 District 9465 Conference 2022
27 - 31 May 2023 International Conference Melbourne
Click here to read the July 2021 newsletter for the Rotary International Convention to be held in Melbourne in May 2023.
Not sure where to stay in Rockingham for the conference? - click on the text below:
Here’s a couple of options for you and your members to consider:
Lakeview Apartments-14 Westralia Gardens; $120 per night inc GST 
Quest Rockingham – 22 Flinders Lane, Tel:9591 0600
  • Very close to the Conference venue
  • Quest Rockingham are offering Conference delegates 15% discount; use the discount code: 9465Rockingham
Hotel Clipper – 20-30 Patterson Road, Tel:9527 8000
  • Also very close to Conference venue
  • $145 for standard Queen room
  • Quote “RotaryDistrict” when making your booking to receive discount.
Rob McGavin, through Chalk Properties has some great listings for Rockingham Apartments: https://www.rockinghamapartments.com.au/. These are suggestions only; there are other options available.  I trust they will make it easier for members to book.
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If your Club has an event, function or project you wish to advertise throughout Districts 9465 and 9455 would you please let the eDigest editor (contact details at end of this Digest) know sometime ahead of the due date if possible.
The eDigest is published each Sunday to 1300 email addresses unless work or other commitments dictate otherwise.
If you have an advertisement ready that would be terrific, but a text entry is also accepted. Please send the text you want included, and don't forget to include dates, times and links to websites and booking sites that you have tested and work.  
Ideas for Strengthening Rotary's Brand                1
From finding ways to meet virtually to creating new projects that fill the pressing needs of communities, we’ve learned to adapt and overcome many challenges during the past year. Now is a good time to reevaluate the goals you set to help your club or district deepen its impact, create more awareness of its activities, and increase membership. As always, we are here to help you achieve your goals.
Club leaders, be sure to add the names of your club’s public image chairs when you update your club leader information in My Rotary. Starting in July 2021, club leaders are able add their public image committee chair to My Rotary. By providing this information, you help to ensure that your club’s public image committee chair receives communication from Rotary about the latest materials and resources available on the Brand Center to promote and strengthen our brand.
New Videos on the Brand Center
Visit the Brand Center to download Rotary’s latest videos. Videos can give viewers insight into a project and provide a visualization of its impact. You can post them on your club website and social media channels or share them with friends. In one of our newest videos, “Voices of Members,” be inspired by Rotary members from around the world talking about how they’ve been responding to COVID-19. It helps spread the word that we are people of action, even in the most challenging of times.
View more videos available on the Brand Center.
New Learning Center Course: Public Relations and Your Club
Rotary’s newest self-paced learning module, Public Relations and Your Club, is now available. Take this 15-minute online course and learn strategies for using media and public relations to gain visibility, increase awareness of club initiatives, and promote your impact in the community.
Rotary strengthens its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement
When we tell Rotary’s story, we want to position ourselves as a just and welcoming organization that is open to all. As people of action, we do more when we do it together. The RI Board of Directors strengthened our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement with guidance from the DEI Task Force to ensure that our organization values and lives the principles of DEI. Use this statement to help you set specific, measurable goals for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in your club’s culture.
New areas of focus icons
Rotary’s area of focus icons promote the causes that reflect the critical humanitarian issues that our members address worldwide. The Brand Center has newly redesigned graphics for individual areas of focus and the whole list in various colors and easier-to-use formats. You’ll also find guidelines for using them. Use these icons in social media, on websites, and in other materials to show the causes your club supports.
New blog: Consistency is the key to successful communication
Liz Courtney, an assistant Rotary public image coordinator, explains why it’s important to consistently use logos and messaging when promoting your club. In her post, find a list of steps you can take to give your club a unified image, which will build trust in and awareness of your club.
People of Action helps define Rotary for those who don’t know us. We’re professional, community, and civic leaders who connect with each other and who share a unique perspective and passion for taking action to improve the world. Describing and showing ourselves as people of action creates a personal connection to Rotary and emphasizes the impact we make in our communities.
Don’t forget to tell us how your club takes action. We might feature your story at the next Rotary International Convention or in a future issue of Brand News.
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After many years of faithful service at its weekly Swapmart, Booragoon Rotary is offering these two money spinners to other clubs for any worthy purpose.
Note: some loving attention will be needed to remove the marks of their years of service.

Available for collection from Melville address or delivery to the metropolitan area.
Call Booragoon Rotary on 0432 298 325 or email president@booragoonrotary.com.
2021-22: Serve to Change Lives
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RI President-elect Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving other is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

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Shelterbox Trek for Shelter 2021
We are excited to announce Trek for Shelter and our goal to raise $250,000
Trek the legendary Larapinta Trail in the Australian Outback, the dense rainforest of Cradle Mountain, the spectacular coastlines in Western Australia or challenge yourself with the Kokoda trail. Join one of these epic adventures and raise funds for ShelterBox Australia to assist families in crisis.
Our goal is to raise a quarter of a million dollars across our five adventures. This amount of money will provide 1,000 families with a ShelterKit (including tarps, tools and fixings) plus solar lights, a water filter and mosquito nets. Life-changing, life-saving aid, essential for disaster-affected communities to start their own recovery. We’re asking you to help us continue our efforts by joining one of our Trek for Shelter adventures today!
When you sign up, you’ll join a team of other passionate ShelterBox supporters who will trek with you and we’ll give you all the guidance you’ll need to start your fundraising journey!
Which adventure will you choose?


Cape to Cape Trek | 3 - 9 October 2021
Join ShelterBox Australia for the Cape to Cape Coastal Walk along one of the most spectacular coastlines in Western Australia. Over 5 days, you will trek through breath-taking coastal and forest scenery, across this ever-changing landscape—witnessing the fascinating geological cliffs, caves, rock formations and headlands.
Kokoda | 22 April - 2 May 2022
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest treks, the Kokoda Track links the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 96 kilometres of rocky mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and remote villages.

New Year savings: Sign up before 31 January and save $300!
Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia
Disaster Relief
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A Project of The Rotary Club of Ascot
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Chinese New Year
The Rotary Club of Ascot holds an annual major fund raising project, Bricktober, where funds raised go towards the support of programs for young children and other Rotary and community projects.  Bricktober is a fun event that showcases models built from LEGO® by fans of the brick in Perth WA. This year it is again being held at Curtin Stadium, Kent Street, Bentley on 9-10 October 2021.
At just $36 for a family pass this offers exceptional value for money for families looking for something different to entertain their children and with the amazing displays built from LEGO®, building competitions, an interactive zone and exclusive merchandise, Bricktober is a must visit these next school holidays. Tickets available at the beginning of September and can be accessed on our website:  http://www.bricktober.info/
We are also looking for enthusiastic, energetic and friendly volunteers to assist in the general running of our Bricktober event and as you would appreciate volunteers are integral in the smooth running of any event and the hours they put in are priceless.
Applications to volunteer this year are open and feel free to forward details to your family and friends. You can access the application form by following the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BricktoberVolunteers2021
Any queries you can contact Ann at friendsofbricktober@outlook.com
For more information click below
Rotary "Lift The Lid for Mental Health"
14 November 2021, 2:30 p.m.
We're walking to raise awareness of mental health and the work being done by Australian Rotary Health’s Mental Health Research unit.
Our walk is from Dome Cafe to Canning Highway and return, a 3Km round trip. You can turn around at any time to shorten your walk. "Wear a coloured hat and have a chat" about mental health. We'll share a coffee afterwards. The event is free. Donations are welcome.
Organised by Booragoon Rotary Club. Click here for a free entry ticket https://www.trybooking.com/BTVUS
A good News Story
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Interplast and its volunteers across Australia & New Zealand continue to provide life-changing care to patients. Interplast is providing virtual training and remote mentoring to surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, and allied health professionals in 24 developing nations.
With the support of Interplast and Rotary, doctors like Bhutanese Sonam Jamtsho continue to receive necessary training and mentorship, which enables him to continue changing the lives of Bhutanese patients in desperate need.
Motivated by a desire to make an impact, Dr Sonam credits his mentor, Australian plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Tim Proudman, for pursuing a path as a surgeon.
I had the opportunity and honour to work with Tim since 2015. One of the reasons I was so interested in plastic and reconstructive surgery is because of the work that I have seen the Interplast team do and how much change he has brought to the Bhutanese population,” Dr Sonam explains.
While Covid-19 has limited Dr Proudman from travelling to Bhutan, and Dr Sonams scope for clinical training, it has nonetheless provided an opportunity for collaboration and learning. Enabled by his relationship with Dr Proudman - Interplasts country coordinator for Bhutan – the junior and his mentor have met online more than 60 times since March 2020. He has been very instrumental despite the pandemic causing obstruction to my training, I have been receiving the training from his side continuously. He has done more than he has been required to,” Dr Sonam says.
Motivated by altruism and a passion to see reconstructive surgery skills spread where they are needed”, Dr Proudman spends hours late at night with Dr Sonam, assisting him to hone his knowledge.
Mindful of the time and experience necessary to complete a plastic and reconstructive surgery training program, Dr Proudman is currently working to enable Dr Sonam to travel to Australia, to continue training under his capable guidance, and further their shared dream of providing life-changing surgery to those who need it most.
Tim Proudman & Sonam Jamtsho in Bhutan before the pandemic
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