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If you have any articles you would to share with other clubs in the district, can you please have them to me by Friday afternoon as I would like to publish the newsletter on Monday mornings.
What we know is that when girls don't go to school, they earn lower salaries. They get married earlier. They have higher infant and maternal mortality rates. And they're more likely to contract HIV, less likely to immunize their children.
Michelle Obama
This year we’ll be undertaking our District Changeover on-line.
Put it in your calendar – Saturday 3rd July; 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
We’ve decided that the major time when we’ll come together each year will be at our District Conference, much the same as Rotary International and our Annual Conventions.
Lots of ideas came into finalising this decision - Our District covers a large area and it doesn’t seem equitable to hold a District event for a couple of hours when so many of our Clubs would find it difficult to participate.
Some consideration was given to the situation with COVID though, like many of you it’s my hope that by the time July comes round we’ll be moving freely across our great country. A  Rotarian in America this morning assured those of us talking with him that everyone in America will be able to get the vaccination as they wish quite soon, there’ll be no supply issues and therefore Americans will be able to travel anywhere in the world. Let us hope that will be the case but also think of the many countries that will be looking for support to make that happen. Let’s keep our safety high up on the list of priorities.
So – Join us on the afternoon of 3rd July and hear from District Governor Patrice from 9630 and District Governor Neil from 9600 and as we prepare to take off, and then frame our Chains of Office and move to recognise the start of District 9620.
The celebrations that come with the Club Changeovers will be where Rotarians and Rotaractors share the annual handing of the baton to a new Club President or confirm the continuation of the current President. Please send an email to Sue Mulraney ( and share the details of your Club Changeover. We’ll attempt to have the District Governor or a Past District Governor share the event with you.
District Grants
We’re rapidly reaching the closing date for applications for District Grants for the 2021 – 2022 year……. and so far only three applications have been received.  We have a significant fund base that we can allocate so please, think about the projects your Clubs want to be involved in and submit those applications.
Under the new rules of the Rotary Foundation funds that we don’t allocate will be returned (after five years) to core Foundation programs   - perhaps Polio Plus, Peace Centre or the Annual Fund. Let’s be active and have 9620 clubs decide what projects they’d like to be involved in.
The closing date is 30 April so get a move on.
DG Visits in the 2021 – 2022 year
A very big thank you to the Assistant Governors who are working with the Clubs in their clusters to confirm dates for DG visits. It’s a bit like playing chess trying to manage each of these.
A special thank you to those clubs who are agreeing to join with others for the visit and congratulations to AG Rutian Mi and the Clubs in the Kinross cluster – all information forms from the Presidents elect have been submitted and all of the DG visits have been confirmed.
Some dates earlier in the year will become available as Clubs combine and I’ll get in touch if there can be some movement.
I have made the decision that I won’t be planning my DG visits to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands or Nauru until there is more certainty around international travel. I am sad about that as our Rotarian friends in the Clubs in those countries are inspirational to visit and to share their commitment to our Rotary values. Hopefully I can make those visits before the end of the 2021 -2022 year.
Our next  Conference:    DO MORE – GROW MORE 
Save the date: We’ll be together at the Caloundra Events Centre on 18-19-20 March 2021.
Conference Chair Jenny Smith of the Sumner Park Club is working with a very active committee on the organisation of what will be the chance for us to celebrate District 9620 at our first ever District conference.
Club Presidents and Secretaries,
Rotary International District 9600 and 9630
On Saturday 10th April 2021, the District Nominating Committee for District Governor interviewed eligible Candidates for the position of District Governor for Rotary year 2023-24 for District 9620..
On behalf of DGs Patrice Robinson and Neil Black and the Committee, I advise that the decision reached at that meeting is that Paul Roger of the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield has been selected as our Governor for the Rotary year 2023-24, and as per RI By-law 12.030.5 in the 2016 Manual of Procedure, I hereby advise all clubs in our District of the selected candidate.
By-law 12.030.7 provides for ‘Challenging Candidates’  who must have been duly suggested by a Rotary Club to the Nominating Committee.
Also in accordance with By-law 12.030.7, I advise that any challenge must be received by me no later than Tuesday 27th April 2021, and must comply with the procedural requirements specified in the relevant RI By-laws.
Kind regards in Rotary Service,
Darryl Iseppi
Committee Chair
Dear Club President,
Your President- Elect will soon start their exciting journey to lead your club from 1st July.  DG Patrice and DGE Wendy would like the opportunity to attend as many Club Changeovers as possible to celebrate the year that has been and to welcome the new Rotary Year.
Once you have decided on a date for your change-over, can you please let me know so that we can organise a representative from the district to attend.
Please note – District changeover will be held on Saturday 3rd July if you could plan your changeover around this date it would be appreciated.
The Rotary Club of Woolloongabba invite our community
to celebrate 100 years of Rotary International in Australia
with the dedication of our Peace Pole

WHEN: SATURDAY 17 APRIL 2021, 10am for 10:30am ceremony start
Dr Uncle (Bob) Robert Anderson OAM will dedicate the Peace Pole in the park (formerly the flood plain of Kingfisher Creek), now maintained by the Brisbane City Council. The Rotary Club of Woolloongabba, who initiated the development of the park, gift the peace pole, adding to amenity and interest for the community.
A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available from 10am
A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of humankind for peace on earth. Each pole says May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on multiple sides. Globally, there are >250,000 Peace Poles – a presence in every country. Planting a Peace Pole is a way of bringing people together to inspire, awaken and uplift the human consciousness. Peace Poles remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony. As part of Rotary’s centenary celebrations, Rotarians are placing Peace Poles in parks, schools, public and private properties throughout Australia – aiming for more than 100.
The Woolloongabba Peace Pole has 8 sides with the languages representing the First People of the area and the later multi-national and -cultural settlers. Contact: RC Woolloongabba E: M: 0415 394 910
Rotary D9630
Rotary D9630
District Secretary - Sue Mulraney
Rotary D9630
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