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District 9560 Newsletter - October 2021

1. Woohoo! The Centenary Water Project for Manauto School 🇹🇱 Timor-Leste is off to a solid start. Keep those club and personal donations coming in. Thanks to the Clubs who have already held extra events to raise money to change the lives of 1540 secondary students, who have no access to potable water or sanitation.

2. Lift the Lid and Hat Day October 10

3. World Polio Eradication Day October 24th

4. DG Visits in October:

Sunday 3rd to Thursday 13th all Group 4 Clubs Mackay Clubs, Bowen, Prosperine, Airlie Beach and Sarina. All enquiries to: 

 Oct 18 Barcaldine 

Oct 19/20 Emerald

Oct 21 Biloela

Oct 22 Theodore

Oct 27 Monto

Oct 28 Mt Morgan


Give some love and ask your mates of they r ok?

October holds two events close to my heart

by DG Martti Kankkunen

Karen and I have noticed that every single club visited so far is concerned about mental health. Sometimes their focus is around the "No Ice" campaign and the effects of drugs on mental health, or rural Men's mental health, or that of Returned Soldiers. In October, I urge Rotary Clubs to raise awareness of these issues and also to make their annual donation to Australian Rotary Health. The other major Rotary focus in October is seeing the continuation of Rotary's commitment to the Polio eradication program.

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Malaria eradication on Timor

Timor Leste is mostly free of Malaria

by David Fayle, RAM

— can we keep it that way? Rotarians Against Malaria and our Global Grant in Action.

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Public Image Team in District 9560 explained

by PDG Merewyn Wright

This great infographic created by PDG Merewyn Wright succinctly shows the team and their contact details.

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Manatuto Water Project Fundraising Status 30.09.2021

D9560 Centenary Water Project for Manatuto School, Timor-Leste Update

by AG Ray Fauntleroy

Three months in, and donations from clubs and Rotarians visited by Karen and DG Martti so far, are coming in.

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Membership Meeting Invite

by PDG Ida Portella

Join us for our first Club Membership Meeting using Microsoft Teams Monday November 8, and we offer a club incentive.

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Robyn Dowling, District Grants Chair


by Robyn Dowling, District Grants Chair

Robyn Dowling as District Grants Chair provides a District Grants Update to all of District 9560

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Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan for Rotary or Rotaract Clubs ... the theory and purpose.

by Katie Halliday

What is a RAP? A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a strategic document that includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

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District Directory 2021.22

by Bente McDonald

This is a living document and will be updated as the year progresses. Please be patient and understanding if it needs further tweaking.

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Tyrells Winery and ROMAC 


by PDG Harold Sharp OAM

My Friends and Supporters of ROMAC.

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Mossman Rotary working for their environment.

by Janet Stokes

Small things, do make a difference.

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Video: Haiti Q&A Event Replay | ShelterBox Australia

Shelterbox Australia

by Mike Greenslade CEO

Disasters don't stop, and neither do we.

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An Australian Rotary District Initiative

The Santos Science Experience

by PDG Marilyn Mercer Rotary Representative

This is an Australia Rotary District initiated program. Please read the attached document for more information on how your club can support and get involved.

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PDG Mark Lean

This Month's highlighted Rotarian is District Programs Chair, PDG Mark Lean from Mackay.

by PDG Mark Lean

"And yes, members of the Programs Team are all ready to be a speaker at any club meeting or function. Please put us in your calendar."

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Bundaberg Region Rotary Field Day 

Bundaberg Region Rotary Field Day

by PDG Rod Medew

Some of the effect of this help is not measurable and is more likened to morale building and encouragement for the farmer personally.

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End Polio Now

World Polio Month is October

by William Peacock OAM PHF x 8

Polio Kola Cousin found his way to a new home in Germany with PRIP Holger Knaack and his wife Susanne as a symbol of One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio24 October. Join us for World Polio Day as global health experts and partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication.

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Video: WASH Rotary Action Group Membership Video

Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group


What they do and how to join, if this is your passion? How to use their resources to move your projects forward.

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Rocky Creek WW2 Igloo 

Atherton Rotary’s major restoration project of the historical Rocky Creek WW2 Igloo

by Jo Barnes, Atherton Rotarian

Rotary Club saves heritage listed building for prosperity.

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Lisa is no longer marginalised 

Greetings to you and your Club from Operation Cleft Australia.

by Operation Cleft PP Bruce McEwen

This wonderful humanitarian Rotary program could not achieve the impact without Rotary Club support. Is your club looking for a health project that is still operational?

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Rotary Club of Discovery Coast Shelterbox Australia Champion

by Kieryn Deutrom Volunteer Program Manager ShelterBox Australia

There has been a lot of need for boxes following the earthquake in Haiti.

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Dianne Borella

The Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise are making a Reconciliation Action Plan. A practical account of making a RAP.

by President James Smith and PP Di Borella

The Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise has made a commitment to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) throughout 2021-2022 to acknowledge and respond to the impact of our colonial history.

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Gemma's Exchange in Finland

Our powerful secret army of friends : the Rotary ALUMNI.

by Kath Burling & Gemma Nichol 2020 YEP student

OCTOBER 2021: DISTRICT 9560 NEWSLETTER (ALUMNI CHAIR) SHOWCASING OUR ALUMNI. This month, YEP student, Gemma, shares her journey in a Covid world.

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New executive

Emmaus Interact Club in Rockhampton

by Rotary Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy

A new year, a new team and more doing "good"

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DG Martti standing in front of the Library

Rotary Community Libraries Project

by Bernadette Cross

This month highlighted by the Rockhampton Fitzroy Club's efforts

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Rotary clubs can make a difference

Australian Rotary Health Latest News on LIFT THE LID

by Australian Rotary Health

Ways to Help Lift the Lid on Mental Illness in October for Mental Health Month

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Shekhar Mehta

Rotary International Presidential message September 2021

by Shekhar Mehta President 2021-22

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month in Rotary.

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