President: Leanne Byron
AG:            Hakim Gassiep
DG:            Paul Mee
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ANZAC Day Service
Pillars of Freedom
Apr 25, 2023
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
Apr 27, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
TeamMed Nepal
Dandenong Club
May 02, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Colin
May 06, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cranbourne Turf Club Night Racing and Dinner
Cranbourne Turf Club
May 12, 2023
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Colin
May 20, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Bunnings BBQ
Bunnings Dandenong
May 21, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
May 25, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary International Convention
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
May 27, 2023 3:00 PM –
May 31, 2023 4:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Peter
Jun 10, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Fullard
April 7
David Langworthy
April 9
Margaret Gunton
April 23
Graeme Peters
May 6
Paul Morris
May 15
Alan Kamerling
May 17
Alan Collier
May 25
Hans Van Dyk
April 30
Join Date
Lynn Tam
April 20, 2021
2 years
Phillip Thurgood
April 28, 2009
14 years
Leanne Byron
May 16, 2016
7 years
Hans Van Dyk
May 22, 1986
37 years
John Heathcote
May 22, 1986
37 years
Peter Faulkner
May 22, 1986
37 years
Ken McDonald
May 26, 1986
37 years
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President Elect
Immediate Past President
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Exec Secretary
Club Protection Officer
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1579 Heatherton Road
Dandenong North, VIC 3175
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
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President's Message
Leanne Byron
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Hi fellow Rotarians,
Another extremely busy week has flown by!
Some of you were able to attend a great night at DAA last Tuesday, enjoying dinner, learning more about our amazing International SkyHydrant project, which provides clean water and changes the lives of so many in other countries. 
It was also fantastic to have a presentation of a PHF Award to the very deserving, Trish Molloy.
Please see the newsletter for further details.
Many thanks to Brian, Cherie, Peter Faulkner and others involved in the organisation of the dinner and tour.
Colin and I were unable to attend as we were invited to the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood for their 'Community Safety Award' ceremony and dinner.
The awards are a great initiative which the club has been involved in for many years in partnership with Victoria Police and the local council. It would be great to see more Rotary Clubs involved in this type of recognition program.
Yesterday we had great representation from our club, attending District Assembly at Nossal High School in Berwick.  Thank you to President Elect Cherie Ramsay, incoming Treasurer Alan Kamerling, Peter Faulkner (Community), Phillip Thurgood (Insurance/Youth Protection Officer), Martin Pater and Colin Byron. 
It was a very informative day, in particular, the 'break out' sessions; Colin and I both attended the Youth session and Peter Faulkner attended Community.
Club Assembly is a great way for all members to learn more about Rotary and connect with knowledgeable and likeminded people.
I was on a Zoom session this morning for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) which provided further information, following on from yesterday.
I'm very keen to find a young person for our club to sponsor, who is willing to attend the camp in late June. 
It's a fantastic program for Youth aged 18 - 30 years, which enables them to broaden their horizons whilst developing self-confidence, leadership skills and meeting other young people with similar interests and aspirations.
At 6am on Tuesday morning (ANZAC DAY), I will be attending the Dawn Service at the Pillars of Freedom, Clow Street, Dandenong.  I will be jointed by Colin, Martin, Ben (and a friend) and Janet. We will be laying a Wreath on behalf of our club.
This Thursday we have our meal service at Cornerstone. As the kitchen at Cornerstone is still being renovated, we plan to serve Pizza's. As usual, we would like some volunteers to come along to help out. Please let me know or via Club Runner.
On Tuesday 2nd May, please save this date as we have representatives from TeamMed Nepal coming along to do a presentation and tell us about their incredible work.
We met up with Grant Klaaysen & Russell Hayes (Wheelchairs for Kids) yesterday and they were extremely moved by the support they got a fortnight ago when they came along to our joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Casey.  I'm very pleased to announce that they received donations in excess of $4,000 (including the $550 from our club), thanks to some very generous Rotarians.
Enjoy the coming week and I look forward to seeing some of you on Tuesday and hopefully lots of others on May 2nd.
Rotary Month
Vocational Visit to DAA
The Club had a great visit to DAA last week. Brian mixed up the usual visit and instead of doing
his standard power point he showed some clips and photos of disaster deployment and told some
Trisha Molloy was so surprised and, in her words, honored to receive a Paul Harris Fellow award
as so was her husband who was a member of RC Noble Park.
Trish joined DAA after reading an article in in the Dandenong Journal reporting on a DAA article
at a Rotary breakfast organised by the RC of Greater Dandenong about 4 years ago. At that stage,
she had retired but was looking to be involved in something worthwhile. She volunteers one day
a week in the office and time at home following up on DAA's SkyHydrant installations, 
particularly in Bhutan. She also provides information on the installations to the donors. She is
 a real asset to DAA.
End Polio Now Walk - Melbourne

End Polio Now Walk

End Polio Now Walk


Melbourne is renowned for its beautiful parks, gardens and walking trails. Join us on the afternoon of Friday 26 May to enjoy an easy walk from Federation Square, in the centre of the city, along the magnificent St Kilda Road boulevard, past many of the city’s finest landmarks, to reach the Rotary Peace Park. 

The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) Walk will enable us to raise awareness of Rotary’s number one humanitarian priority – the global eradication of poliomyelitis. Don’t forget to bring your red End Polio Now shirt. Photo opportunities will abound.

In the Peace Park you will find trees ‘dedicated’ to more than 50 distinguished Rotarians, including many world presidents. The first tree in the park was planted by Paul Harris in 1935. Four Peace Bells will be unveiled in the park during the 2023 Rotary International Convention, and they will serve as the convention’s legacy to Melbourne. This initiative is supported by the City of Melbourne, Rotary International and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

At the end of the walk, you will be able to explore the Peace Park, wander through the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens or relax in one of the adjacent cafes and bars.

Registration Fee AUD $20

Friday 26 May 2023 2.00 PM - 4:00 PM

Federation Square
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000



District 9815 DGND Nomination

District 9815 nomination

An email to all D9820 and D9810 Rotarians:
You will recall that on 14th January 2023 we called for District Governor nominations for the forthcoming merged District 9815.
The joint nominating committee met on Sat 15th April 23 to conduct interviews.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the D9815 Nominating Committee nomination for District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND)
to fill the role of D9815 District Governor in 2025 – 2026 is  Peter Behm from the Rotary Club of Noble Park Dingley. 
Peter is a Past President of his Club, is presently the D9810 Public Image and Communications Chair and is part of the merger planning team as
Co-Chair of the D9815 Public Image Focus Group.
Peter is also a Rotary Zone 8 Representative for Public Image. His previous experience in Rotary includes membership of the Rotaract Club of
Chelsea and he served as a District Rotaract Representative.
In terms of Rotary International By Laws – Article 12.030 - Nominating Committee process, this nomination is subject to a 14 day challenge period.
The challenge period will therefore end on Monday 1st May 2023.
Kind regards
Ken Miller, District Governor D9810
Paul Mee, District Governor D9820
Free 3 Day House of Friendship Pass

Free 3-day House of Friendship Pass

Email from Rotary International:
Register for a free 3-day House of Friendship pass for the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne.
Enjoy a 3-day pass, free of charge, to the House of Friendship, where you’ll be able to connect with thousands of fellow Rotary members
from around the world and have access to hundreds of Rotary project booths, vendors, food, and entertainment at the
2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia. That’s right! A complimentary pass valid Monday-Wednesday, 29-31 May,
for the House of Friendship*. No additional purchase is required. Here’s how you can redeem this special offer:
  • Option 1 – Fill out this brief Qualtrics survey with your information by 26 April 2023. Your pass will be ready for you to pick up at
  • the convention center's registration desk (MCEC Exhibition Centre doors 1 and 2).
  • Option 2 – Visit the registration desk (MCEC Exhibition Centre doors 1 and 2) at the convention center to fill out a brief form and receive your pass on site.
Friends and family are also eligible to enjoy this special access to the 'House of Friendship', so bring them along to learn what’s special about Rotary! 
We look forward to seeing you in the House of Friendship. Contact with questions.
* Passes are valid for the House of Friendship only. Does not apply to convention registration or any affiliated events.
The annual RYLA program is due to commence in late June this year. (Refer to the program details below). If you
know anyone between 18 and 30 years of age that would benefit from this amazing program, please let Leanne or
Peter know. The Club can sponsor a participant.
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Seminar

Welcome to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Run in conjunction with District 9820, this program is a transformational leadership conference open to 18- to 30-year-olds who are looking to develop their leadership potential, build lasting connections and gain new insights and experiences.


It focuses on

  •  Developing young leaders who celebrate diversity, create sustainable change, and become service-minded global citizens.
  • Personal development, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Provide conflict resolution strategies alongside leadership training.
  • Emphasize professional development and connect participants with opportunities to serve the community through Rotary.
  • Combine leadership development and vocational training to help young people discover their potential and hone skills. 

Participants will engage in a range of activities, including workshops, team- building exercises, outdoor activities, and guest speaker presentations.

Our program is led by experienced facilitators and mentors who are dedicated to helping participant achieve their full potential. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can learn, grow and thrive.

Rotary  Clubs financially support  participants to attend. Costs in 2022 to sponsor were $1049 per participant and $750 per leader - prices for 2023 will be released shortly.

The next Rotary Youth Leadership Awards will be held from the 26th of June to 1st of July, 2023 to align with university semester breaks.

RYLA 2023 is a joint initiative run by District 9810 and District 9820 and held as a 6 day live in seminar.

Applications are now open for participants

- click on the link below or scan QR code to the left of this article to apply

Further information can be obtained by contacting your local Rotary Club  to express your interest in participating in the RYLA leadership program or emailing


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