District Governor 2019 - 20, Tim Klar

This year the DG's Newsletter is being published on the 4th Thursday of the month with copy being received up to one week prior.
Articles for this publication should be of "Rotary In Action"
Upcoming events should b e directed to The Herald
DG Tim Klar welcomes your stories of Rotary In Action

Since our last DG's Newsletter, we welcomed several either new or transferring members to District 9520
Ingy Abdelshafei Mount Barker
Cherilyn Fleming Encounter Bay
Diana Gomez Manjarrez Edwardstown
Paul Wagener Mount Barker

DG Tim's October Report

Hello fellow Rotarians. We are now at the end of October and this last month has been very busy time for all.
Bronwyn and I have now visited 33 clubs and I hope the message of flexibility and innovation that the new strategic plan offers is being heard and acted on by the clubs we have visited.
During October we celebrated World Polio Day, had a successful working bee at the RAWCS DIK facility and the two district governors managed to cook a barbecue without giving anyone food poisoning. Australian Rotary Health had a successful High Tea and a number of clubs had Hat Days for ARH. As we progress to district 9510, both the Electronic Information Systems committees and Rotary Foundation committees of the two districts had  joint meetings to work towards amalgamation. The NYSF candidates attended afternoon tea at Government House.
October was community and economic development month and judging by the number of e-mails I had there are large numbers of Rotarian action groups including the food plant solution action group, Rotarians against slavery and the endangered species action group that have been very active trying to do good in the world. Also Rotary’s service partners have been in the news.
Habitat for Humanity has had a very high profile member in the news recently. Former US president Jimmy Carter who at 95 still volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
Shelterbox, the first of Rotary’s service partners has been very busy with a number of severe weather situations. It is also pleasing to announce that Shelterbox was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for the work they do with refugees in areas of conflict.
November is Rotary Foundation month. It is our charity and it is one of the most respected charities in the world.
 But as well just raising money, they also help Rotary clubs spend money that does good in the world and am very pleased to announce that a consortium of clubs have just been awarded a Rotary global grant for $73,000 US for a water and sanitation project in Timor Leste.
 The driving club behind this was the Rotary club of Flagstaff Hill. Other participating clubs in district 9520 included Morphett Vale, Somerton Park, Blackwood, Campbelltown, Unley, Loxton, Glenelg, HoldFast Bay, Mitcham and Coromandel Valley. There was also one club from district 9500, three Victorian clubs and one Tasmanian club who all contributed to this project. It will provide funding for a water supply and sewerage solution to a community 550 families and a primary school of 375 students and 12 teachers. It is located in the Ira Onu village approximately 5 hours drive from Dili and has been partnered with the Rotary club of Dili.
I wish to congratulate all clubs involved on an excellent global grant project. This is an example of how we can use our Rotary foundation funds effectively.
Tim Klar
DG 9520  2019-20

Let It Pour - Drought Relief

The Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Appeal
We’re Fighting for our farmers.
Farmers are in crisis. Record-high heat and record-low rain mean their livestock is starving. Their crops are dying. Many farmers and their families are suffering in silence.
The Rotary Clubs of Australia have partnered with Channel 9, Great Northern Brewing Co and the Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in kind donations for the drought affected communities.  The campaign was launched 21 October in Murray Bridge being the regional centre for the drought declared Murray Mallee.
Members of the Rotary Clubs of Murray Bridge and Mobilong joined the Channel 9 Today team at the Swanport Hotel at 4.30am along with some 50 plus community members including local MP Adrian Pederick and our own DG Tim Klar. School children, farmers and community businesses provided insight into the impact of the drought, DG Tim gave voice to Rotary’s role as a service organisation and the local clubs provided a BBQ breakfast. 
The campaign will continue to be showcased on the Today Show throughout this week from a range of communities across Eastern Australia.  Make a Difference and
Donate in branch or online today http://bendigobank.com.au/rotarydrought
Story by PDG Wendy Gaborit

We Need You!

In eight months the new District 9510 will come into being.
As part of the new District structure, a Communications Committee is being established from Districts 9500 & 9520.
Current members of both Districts Committees are males and in the interest of balanced and diverse views we are seeking representation from female members.
Among other things the Communications Committee will be responsible for the Newsletter publications and is in need of assistance.
If you would like to be part of this evolving Committee and help shape the communication strategies for the future, please contact DGE David Jones for more information.
Email David Jones DG2020@rotary9510.org
As part of the celebrations for Service Clubs Week, the Service Clubs Association of SA (SCASA) invites your club members and guests to attend the 2019 Premier’s Awards Luncheon.
Where:  Glenelg Golf Club James Melrose Road, Novar Gardens.
Cost:  $45 per person
Bookings essential. Follow this link and pay via credit card in a single transaction or book through the SCASA website here

Why not book a table of 8 or 10.  
This is considered a prestige event so you are encouraged to dress appropriately.  Please wear your Regalia/medals.
Courtesy of D9500


Strategy On A Page
Hello, fellow Rotarians –
After the successful Public Image Seminar in August, I have been working closely with few clubs in helping shape their Public Image Strategy.
I want to reiterate once again that I am available to work with clubs across the district in one to one sessions to help you enhance the public image for your club. The outcome will be unique to your club, to your fundraising programs and your fund-giving programs.
I have created this “Public Image Strategy on a Page” to showcase how we can work on the 5c’s of Public Image.
Please do reach out to me, and we will coordinate the mutually convenient time. I am also available to present to your clubs on why Public Image is important and how different clubs are doing to increase their reach.
Rajat Nagpal
Chair, Public Image - Rotary District 9520
Phone: 0468 RAJAT 2 (72 52 82)

Ambrose A Big Hit

The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge held a 2 person Ambrose Golf Tournament at the Murray Bridge Golf Club on Thursday 17th October. The main aim was to raise funds for “Lift the Lid” mental health research through Australian Rotary Health.  The golf event was also about promoting the game of golf, the camaraderie of playing the game with one’s mates, walking or riding around the golf course, enjoying the fresh air and having some fun.  All of which assists one’s mental health.
A total of 42 golfers from 11 Golf Clubs participated in the event, with a shotgun start at 12.30pm.  Some were Rotarians, many were not.  Many of the competitors had never played at the Murray Bridge Golf Club, so, in effect, we were promoting the Golf Club too.
The Rotary Club thanks its sponsors for the Tournament, Drakes Supermarket Murray Bridge, Dynacast Golf Group, Aussie Apricots and the Rural City of Murray Bridge.
At the end of the day’s play, the Rotary Club provided a bbq meal for the players.  From the survey conducted at the end of the day’s play, the majority of the players said that they enjoyed the fellowship of their playing partners and the quality of the golf course.  Many players indicated that they would be keen to return next year and play in the event again.
Winners for the Tournament were Rotarian Malcolm Blight and Lloyd Norrish, with runners-up, Peter Phillips and Grant Penrhyn.
For further details contact Rob Walters 0429678579 or Jenny Phillips 0407239845
Story by Jenny Phillips


Following the resignation of PDG Euan Miller and in accordance with Clause 17 and Clause 20 of the Rotary Down Under Incorporated Constitution, nominations are now sought from Past Officers of Rotary International to serve on the Board of Directors of Rotary Down Under Incorporated and RDU Pty Limited for the balance of PDG Euan’s elected term of office.
Such representative will be required to represent both Districts in Group 5 (9500 and 9520) for the period to 30 June 2021, and will be one of a board of ten working in conjunction with RDU executive staff to plan future policies and direction of the magazine serving Rotary Down Under’s ANZO circulation area. A detailed job specification is available from the District Governor; however, all candidates must be aware of the obligations and legal responsibilities of a company director under the Corporations Act.

All nominations must be personally signed by the nominee, who must already be a Past Officer of Rotary International.
A one page summary of relevant experience must be attached to the nomination.
This shall comprise a quarter page describing the nominee’s Rotary service, and three quarters of a page describing any professional qualifications, experience, (communications, media, legal, finance, management, etc) and characteristics demonstrating business acumen, that would enable the nominee to make a significant contribution.
Directors must act in the interests of the Corporation and not in the interests of any shareholder, employee or themselves. They cannot allow themselves to be in a position where they have a conflict of interest. Whilst they are elected to the Board by one group of Districts, all decisions they make must relate to the organisation in its entirety.
Nominee shall confirm a knowledge of standard corporate governance requirements and an ability to interpret financial statements and budgets.
Nominee shall confirm a clear understanding of the essence of corporate responsibility, the declaration of any conflict of interests and the need to provide sound policy to encourage cost effective publishing and benefits to members.
The nominee may also attach his/her standard CV (maximum 2 pages) as additional information.
Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday, 8 November 2019 and should be mailed to Rotary Down Under House, PO Box 779, Parramatta NSW 2124 or emailed to judydrake@rotarydownunder.com.au.

October 2019
District 9520 Conference
The 2020 District conference registrations are now open.
Click on this link to go to the online registration page 


Once the online registration has been completed and submitted, you are NOT REGISTERED until payment has been made IN FULL!
Please make your payment via the options offered at the checkout page.
Katie Sarah, an Adelaide mother of three is the first woman in the world to complete the death-defying Seven-Seven challenge, previously a men's only club.
This means that as well as successfully climbing Mt Everest in 2010, Katie is one of the few Australian women to summit the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents.
The unstoppable mum-of-three has now climbed not only the highest mountain on all seven continents, but also the seven highest volcanic peaks.
Only seven other climbers, all of them men, have achieved the same victory.
While working in finance and accounting and raising three sons, Sarah first became a triathlete and a marathon runner.
Her love of outdoor pursuits saw her take a role in adventure travel, which ultimately led to her becoming an altitude climber.
In 2007 Sarah was the first Australian woman to summit Mt Himlung in Nepal.
Her business, Sarah Mountain Journeys, offers personalised international wilderness expeditions, specialising in the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet, Tanzania and South America.

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