2021 Zone 8 Conference

Posted by Jessie Harman RIDE

Showcasing the wonderful impact of Rotary

To celebrate our Centenary, this year’s Zone 8 conference is all about sharing the wonderful impact of Rotary. It will take place on 11 & 12 September 2021.
There are some great reasons to attend this year’s event:
  • Be inspired by Rotary projects in communities around our Zone
  • Meet some of our Rotary heroes – dedicating their lives to making a positive difference
  • Learn new ways to deepen engagement and impact from Rotary’s senior leaders
  • Connect with Rotary friends old and new
  • Share the ‘big picture’ of Rotary impact with your newer members
  • Be inspired to deepen your engagement and make an even greater difference through Rotary
The 2021 event is going virtual with a flexible two day program designed to inspire and energise you. The event will have all the best elements of the face to face conference – you can listen to great speakers, ask questions, network with Rotarians friends (old and new) and choose the sessions you want to attend – all from the comfort of your home or in a shared space with other Rotarians and friends.
This event will bring together the best of Rotary in one place over one weekend. Keep up to date with all the speakers, sessions and sizzle at the conference website. Registrations open 1 July 2021.
2021 Zone 8 Conference Jessie Harman RIDE 2021-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Foundation Funding Crisis

Posted by Euan Miller
For the second time in two years the World Fund is likely to run out of money to provide matching dollars to Global Grant applications. Last year the funds ran out in May but this year the outlook is more dire and a number of savings measures have already been put in place at Evanston. The trustees and the Board met in late January to look at stop gap solutions which may well now be known.
Why has this happened?  Clubs have clearly focused on Global Grant projects and the number of Global Grants applications continues to grow at an astounding rate.  At the end of December Global Grants approved were 85% ahead of what they were at the same time last year.  Despite the elimination of support for cash contributions to Global Grants this year (in an endeavour to make World Funds spread further), it is clear the funding shortfall is such that they may never return.  To compound the problem there will be a big waiting list of projects for the new area of focus Supporting the environment, ready to compete for grants on July 1 this year.

Foundation Funding Crisis Euan Miller 2021-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Humanity in Action - The Book

Posted by Bob Aitken
Advance orders are now being received for the soon to be published 'Humanity in Action - Celebrating 100 years of Rotary Clubs in Australia and its near island neighbours'.

This is a 400 page hard cover book to mark the centenary of Rotary in Australia.  Numbers are limited and pre-orders should be addressed to PDG Harry Durey.  Telephone 0407 005 910. Cost is  $25 plus postage. 
Humanity in Action - The Book Bob Aitken 2021-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Polio Update

Posted by Bob Aitken
Dear friends,

Welcome to 2021 and the task of  maintaining the impetus of our END POLIO NOW campaign – in the face of the ongoing struggle with COVID-19.

To this end, I thought there was no better way to get our thoughts and plans in unison then to invite RI Past Vice President Mike McGovern, Chair of RI’s Polio Plus Committee, to provide a special message (click here to access) to inspire us all to renew our commitment to the demise of Polio by way of focus on promotion and fund raising within our Rotary clubs and districts – and the public arena – between now and June 30.
Mike highlights the fact that our PolioPlus network has been fully engaged in providing surveillance to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check during 2020  but never once took our eyes off the task of eradicating polio!  Please take time to read the message – you will be inspired!
Polio Update Bob Aitken 2021-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Gold Coast's First Corporate Club

Posted by Barbara Mifsud
The Rotary Club of Gold Coast Corporate in D9640 recently chartered in October, made up entirely of corporate members. The club, one of the first of its kind in our region, has 27 senior corporate leaders from over 14 international and national companies, with 5 more members wanting to join since chartering. The club has over 60% women and 40% are under 40 years of age.
The club’s champion, DG Andy Rajapakse (photo insert on the left), tells us what the value proposition was for corporate members when starting the club: ‘My message was simple. Rotary gives a trusted platform to implement their corporate purpose to be a good corporate citizen. Today's customers will ask what your corporate purpose is before making their purchase choice. And it worked!’
Gold Coast's First Corporate Club Barbara Mifsud 2021-01-17 13:00:00Z 0

Membership and marketing: Two sides of the same coin

Posted by RIDE Jessie Harman
Many of you will associate me with the membership roles I’ve held in Rotary. Yet in my professional life, outside Rotary, much of my career has focused on marketing and communications. For almost a decade, I taught Marketing Principles to undergraduate and postgraduate students at University. Later, when I moved into University management, I put those principles into practice - marketing the University’s programs to business, government and international students.
Membership and marketing: Two sides of the same coin RIDE Jessie Harman 2021-01-17 13:00:00Z 0

Membership Engagement & Retention

Posted by Peter Frueh

The Current Situation

If we look at our District 9800, we have 65 Rotary clubs. This is down from the 67 of five years ago, and our membership has also declined from around 2,400 to 2,100 in that time, an average of about five members a club, or one per club per year. This is a long-term trend across all Districts in Australia and much of the developed world, but what would it take for us to have a net increase of two each year per club, rather than a decline of one?
Membership Engagement & Retention Peter Frueh 2020-11-19 13:00:00Z 0

Welcoming LGBTQ+ Communities

Posted by Rtn Grant Godino
As I have started to share my ideas, opinions and stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) inclusion in Rotary, I have heard so many of our leaders say to me “We’re a really decent club/district. We don’t have any bad people. So, we don’t have a problem. Right?”, “why Rotary is doing something so political” and “there are no gay people in my community”.
Welcoming LGBTQ+ Communities Rtn Grant Godino 2020-11-19 13:00:00Z 0

Connecting to the Media

Posted by Angela Stavrogiannopoulos

How to talk to your local press

Every person or organisation has a story to tell which will interest the media.  We need to increase public awareness and understanding of Rotary to set the stage for membership growth, fundraising and collaboration.  
Rotary members are actively working to improve communities around the world and have so much to share with an external audience so they can learn about Rotary and also hopefully join in our efforts.  The positive news is that media needs stories now more than ever - journalists require fresh information to plug into websites, papers, radio slots and television slots.  Time zones and printing schedules don’t limit the media anymore and most news outlets have a 24-hour news cycle to meet the growing demand to deliver news as it happens.
The challenge is to package and present stories in a way that will get them covered by media.
Connecting to the Media Angela Stavrogiannopoulos 2020-11-19 13:00:00Z 0

Young Rotarian & Rotaractor Eeshwar Rajagopalan Wins RI Appointment

Posted by RIDE Jessie Harman
Western Australian Rotaractor and Rotarian Eeshwar Rajagopalan has been appointed to the Rotary International Membership Committee for 2020-23.
Eeshwar is a member of the Rotaract Club of South Perth and the Rotary Club of Elizabeth Quay. He is currently the District Rotaract Representative for Districts 9455 and 9465 and Youth Director for District 9455. Professionally, Eeshwar is an engineering consultant, assisting in the development of real-time monitoring systems and operator training simulators for major hazard facilities, principally for the international oil and gas industry.
Young Rotarian & Rotaractor Eeshwar Rajagopalan Wins RI Appointment RIDE Jessie Harman 2020-10-30 13:00:00Z 0

Membership Satisfaction: What Image Does Your Membership Portray

Posted by Brian Coffey
Some 40 years ago I started training people – people entrusted their life in my hands. I was a partner in a successful independent SCUBA training facility; teaching four days a week from basic SCUBA to, night, deep, wreck and cave diving. Offering professionalism and quality, people wanted more from us, we were entrusted to teach a Westpac Rescue crew and Police Rescue members to dive.
This taught me to reach our level of success as trainers, we had to invest to be the best, exhibiting competence from initial contact to classroom training and in-water skill development.
Membership Satisfaction: What Image Does Your Membership Portray Brian Coffey 2020-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Zone 8 Virtual Conference - 2020

Posted by Phil Lacey
The Zone 8 Virtual Conference has been a great success and we'd like to thank all our speakers for their invaluable input.  The feedback has been very encouraging which indicates we are on the right track.
The speakers sessions have now been moved to our YouTube channel and can viewed by clicking the following link Rotary Zone 8 Virtual Conference 2020
Rotary Zone 8 Virtual Conference - 2020 Phil Lacey 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0

Should Rotary Clubs Change Their Business  Model Post COVID-19

Posted by Euan Miller
With shutdowns, border closures and social distancing all businesses have had to look at their business models and come up with solutions to trade profitably in the new environment.Regretfully many won’t find solutions and will close.

What about Rotary? Can we survive if our members face ongoing unemployment or substantially reduced retirement incomes? Social distancing and border closures will continue for years’ ahead without a vaccine. There is no guarantee of a vaccine and this is the fourth SARS type virus in the last 20 years.
Should Rotary Clubs Change Their Business Model Post COVID-19 Euan Miller 2020-05-31 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the time of COVID-19

Posted by Barbara Mifsud
While we continue to practice social distancing to ensure the health and well-being of our families and communities, it’s important to ensure our members stay engaged in Rotary during this extraordinary time.
Rotary in the time of COVID-19 Barbara Mifsud 2020-05-28 14:00:00Z 0

Bushfire Relief Update

Posted by RAWCS
Rotarians all across Australia have been profoundly saddened and touched by the bushfires that ravaged our country over the past summer claiming lives, destroying many homes and decimating thousands of hectares of bushland.
Bushfire Relief Update RAWCS 2020-05-28 14:00:00Z 0

One Month On How Are We All Going?

Posted by Tim Moore
For most of us it has now been over five weeks of isolation and in most cases isolation from your normal Rotary activities.  How have we coped without regular face to face meetings, unable to do traditional community service or fund-raising activities?   Are we looking after our members in these difficult and in some case tragic times?
One Month On How Are We All Going? Tim Moore 2020-05-13 14:00:00Z 0

Public Relations Competition Submission Date Extended

Posted by Gina Growden
The date of the Public Relations video clip competition has been extended until the 31st May 2020. To enter see the following:
  • Videos must be filmed in-house using i-phone, i-pad or video camera, specifically for the competition.
  • Must be a maximum of 2 minutes.
  • Must depict club members as “People of Action” and illustrate how Rotary ‘Connects the  World’ during 2019-20
  • Must illustrate use of correct Rotary branding
  • Closing date for entries is 31 May 2020.
  • Entries should be saved to a Dropbox and the link forwarded to RPIC PDG Gina Growden via email: gina.growden@bigpond.com by 31 May 2020.
  • The winning entries will be shown at the next Zone 8 Conference.
Public Relations Competition Submission Date Extended Gina Growden 2020-04-24 14:00:00Z 0

WEBINAR - Projects that Rotary Clubs can deliver during isolation

Posted by Tim Moore
Many Rotarians and Rotary clubs recognise a growing need to help our communities at this difficult time.COVID-19 represents a unique opportunity for service but many are asking, how can I give back during social distancing?
In this webinar you will hear 5 panellists within the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region talk about their innovative projects and events, created within these unprecedented times. You’ll have an opportunity to ask them questions and be inspired to create something similar.
Presented by Rotary Coordinators Tim Moore, Adrian Roach and RMO Barbara Mifsud.
Wednesday 6 May, 6pm (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time). Register here
WEBINAR - Projects that Rotary Clubs can deliver during isolation Tim Moore 2020-04-24 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Matters

Posted by Ian Stuart
Peak Hill Central School meets Belrose Rotary Club
For 26 years Belrose Rotarians have provided a unique opportunity for Yr 11 and 12 students from Peak Hill Central School to spend five days in Sydney, experiencing the attractions but significantly, gaining an insight into the world of work by visiting local businesses and government in the Belrose and Northern Beaches area. They are billeted with local Rotary families. Peak Hill Central School is about 400 km from Sydney and has 125 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Later in the year a group of Belrose Rotarians reciprocate by visiting Peak Hill and providing insightful career advice as well as guidance on how to apply for a job, resume writing and interview techniques.
Rotary Matters airs on Fridays at 3 pm, Triple H 100.1 FM.
Rotary Matters Ian Stuart 2020-04-24 14:00:00Z 0

Will Rotary as we know it be changed forever?

Posted by Gina Growden
We are certainly in unchartered waters as the Rotary world comes to grip with the affect that Coronavirus is having on our Clubs and our activities.
In line with the lock downs being imposed by Federal and State Governments in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly virus Clubs have either suspended their meetings for the time being or opted to communicate via electronic means such as Zoom, Skype and Go-To Meetings.  Regular events and service projects have been put on hold or cancelled which means the Club’s visibility in the community is diminished.  This, in turn, is impacting on our Public Image.
So, what can we do to maintain a positive public image?
Will Rotary as we know it be changed forever? Gina Growden 2020-03-04 13:00:00Z 0

Regional Membership Update

Posted by Barbara Misfud
Article by Barbara Mifsud, Regional Membership Officer, Membership Development, South Pacific and Philippines Office, barbara.mifsud@rotary.org, https://www.facebook.com/barbara.mifsud.
Membership Experience Feedback Survey Results
Why do people join Rotary? What makes them stay in their club and what makes them leave? Rotary conducts the Membership Experience Feedback survey every year to better understand the needs, interests and engagement of our members. However, this survey goes well beyond just asking members if they like their clubs and how satisfied they are. In the last iteration, we also asked about club flexibility, areas of focus and other causes, local vs. global service, hands-on vs. financial contributions and leadership growth. The most recent survey also offers insight on prospective, current and former members that can differ by region.
Regional Membership Update Barbara Misfud 2020-02-04 13:00:00Z 0

Why You Became a Member May Not Be Why You Really Joined and Stayed

Posted by RC PDG Adrian Roach
I think back to when I joined Rotary in 1994, I was 32 years old. At that time, I had just moved back to Maitland after a 10-year hiatus in Sydney. I had started a small business and was keen to become involved in the local community. I was invited to attend our local traditional club.
At first, I thought the singing of songs like “pack up your troubles in your old kit bag”, Grace and the National Anthem were a little strange along with the Sergeant of Arms fine session, the ringing of the gong and other traditional protocols. I was however more impressed by the calibre of the members, I thought I could learn a lot from, and indeed I did.

Why You Became a Member May Not Be Why You Really Joined and Stayed RC PDG Adrian Roach 2020-02-04 13:00:00Z 0