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 (jpscrc@tpg.com.au) 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.