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Shelterbox Giving Day -  A Personal Message from DGN Paul Roger
It would be great to see District 9620 win the District Challenge in supporting the ShelterBox Giving Day this week.
Each donation this week will be matched by other anonymous donors!
As you know ShelterBox and Rotary are partners in disaster relief, and it is my passion, and privilege to be Chair of ShelterBox Australia.
This World Human Rights Day (Friday 10th December) all Rotarians and Rotary clubs can act by taking part in the ShelterBox Australia Annual Giving Day District Challenge.
The challenge is simple, we as a district encourage all our clubs and individual members to support the Giving Day. No matter how large or small, every donation makes a difference in providing shelter to families worldwide.  For example if each individual Rotarian in our District donated just $10, imaging the amount that would be raised.
IT IS EASY TO DONATE. Click on any of the links in this article, and then follow the link on the left of the page to see the leader board and donate. You can see details of district 9620's contribution by clicking on our district on that page.
With our District members and our clubs supporting this Human Rights Day, we can make a significant contribution a world where no family goes without a roof over their heads after being displace by a disaster.
More details are at the attached link Donating on behalf of District 9620 is done by clicking on the District number in the list.
If we try just a little harder, we may see our District win the Australian District challenge.  We are currently coming second, but a lot will change this week.
Also important to note, tax receipts are provided, and each donation this week will be matched by other anonymous donors.
District Conference - Have you Booked your Accommodation?
See What's Happening in the Malaria Vaccine Project
Event Reminders (In case you missed them last time)
Calling for Volunteers - NYSF 2022
National Youth Science Forum volunteering for the 2022 program

Coming up in 2022, Brisbane is going to be hosting one of the in person NYSF programs from the 17th to 25th of January 2022. As such, I'm looking for people who are interested in volunteering across this time. Volunteering will usually involve accompanying a group of students to a science related visit. The visits are usually really interesting and Brisbane visits have involved trips like going to sea world to see the Sea jellies, visiting the Australian Institute for Biotechnology and Nanoengineering, Queensland Brain Institute, Centre for Advanced Imaging, visiting a coffee roaster to see the coffee roasting process, coding robots with Micromelon robotics, among many others. You can volunteer for as many or as few visits as you like. If you are interested, please use the contact button below and I will contact you closer to the date to check your availability.

Bookings for the House of Friendship Close 26th February
Oyster Reef Restoration Working Bee 8th December (ESRAG)
The Santos Science Experience - Applications Close 10th December

Closes 10th December - Click Below for more Information

Only 19 Places Remaining!

Classes XX and XIX Starting in July 2022 - Call for Counsellors
Rotary Peace Fellow Counsellors are required for Class XX together with those fellows from Class XIX who interrupted or deferred their studies during 2021 due to COVID-19. It is anticipated that the fellows will arrive during late June or early July 2022 to start classes on Monday 25th July 2022. 
The Rotary Foundation mandates that Counsellors attend Cultural Sensitivity Training, and this has been scheduled for Saturday 7th May 2022.
Peace Fellows are scheduled to attend a Rotary Foundation Information Day and Orientation to District 9620 at District Headquarters, Wacol on Sunday 24th July 2022 (12 noon – 3:30 pm commencing with lunch).  They are often supported on this occasion by their counsellors.
Being a counsellor is an extremely rewarding experience and an opportunity to meet these Fellows from many other countries of the world. The average age of our Peace Fellows is 30+ years and they have varied but interesting backgrounds in their previous field of work. They are only at the Rotary peace Centre for 18 months less University breaks.
Those interested can contact the district Coordinator or one of the liaisons using the contact links on the Peace and Conflict Studies Page.
More information can be found in the invitation document by clicking on the button below.
Interact Awards Entries  Close December 1
Share your Interact club’s service-learning journey through the 2021 Interact Awards. 

This year’s Interact Awards invites Interact clubs around the world to start their service-learning journey with Rotary’s new service-learning resources! After applying service-learning to your club experience, submit a video, photos, and/or an essay showcasing your club’s service-learning journey! Clubs may submit in all or any of the three categories.

Nominations are due by 1 December 2021 for a chance to be named “Best Video,” “Best Photo,” or “Best Essay” and receive funds to support your Interact club’s next project. Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs, teachers, and parents can all support your Interact clubs to make their vison a reality. Please share this opportunity with your Interact clubs.
Bardon Community Carols 4th December (Toowong)
Carols by Candlelight and Fireworks Finale 11th December (Ashgrove/The Gap)
Human Rights Commemmoration Day 13th December (Fortitude Valley)
Ipswich Rotary Trailer Raffle Drawn December 14

Win a 6x4 trailer full of goodies!

All I Want for Christmas Raffle Drawn 24th December (Caloundra)
  • First Prize worth over $3000!
Ballet International Gala - it is on in January! (Brisbane)
  • 7 Performances in Brisbane and Caloundra starting January 26th 2022
  • Ticket Sales support Roadies Retreat
  • This will be one of the most significant Ballet events in Queensland for many years. Get details and book your tickets using the button below.
Music Trivia Night Postponed to Feb 19 2022 (Brisbane Taylor Bridge)

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone this event into the New Year. Hope to see you on Feb 19

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Upcoming Events
Ipswich Rotary Trailer Raffle
Oct 05, 2021 9:00 AM –
Dec 14, 2021 6:30 PM
Shop & Sip (Redcliffe Sunrise)
Revival Green
Nov 30, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Interact Awards - Entries Close
Dec 01, 2021
2022 Queensland Reconciliation Awards Closing
Dec 03, 2021 5:00 PM
Wakerley Carols (Carindale)
Wakerley Park
Dec 04, 2021
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bardon Community Carols (RC Toowong)
Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Bandstand
Dec 04, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wilston Village Christmas Festival
Wilston Village Shopping Precinct
Dec 05, 2021
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RAWCS Showcase - Darling Downs and Western
Mentoring Centre, Toowoomba Flexi School
Dec 05, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Oyster Reef Restoration Working Bee (ESRAG)
Dec 08, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Applications for The Science Experience Close
Dec 10, 2021
Shelterbox Giving Day
Dec 10, 2021
Carols By Candlelight (Ashgrove/The Gap)
Dorrington Park
Dec 11, 2021
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Human Rights Commemoration Address
St John's Cathedral
Dec 13, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
All I Want for Christmas Raffle Draw (Caloundra)
Dec 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony (Archerfield)
Souths Sports Club
Jan 26, 2022
Ballet International Gala (BIG) (Brisbane)
QPAC Playhouse
Jan 26, 2022 – Jan 30, 2022
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House and Zoom
Jan 27, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
D9620 District Leadership Team Meeting
Bostock House and Zoom
Jan 27, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RYPEN Camp Duckadong 2022
Camp Duckadong
Feb 04, 2022 – Feb 06, 2022
Music Trivia Night (Brisbane Taylor Bridge)
Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch
Feb 19, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
District 9620 Board Meeting
Feb 24, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
2022 House of Friendship Bookings Close
Feb 26, 2022
District 9620 District Conference
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Mar 18, 2022 – Mar 20, 2022
District 9620 2022 Tree Planting Project
Stretton Wetland Reserve
Apr 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House and Zoom
Apr 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
D9620 District Leadership Team Meeting
Bostock House and Zoom
Apr 28, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sensitivity Training for Peace Counsellors
The University of Queensland GP North Building
May 07, 2022
District 9620 2022 Interact Conference
St. Aiden's Anglcan Girl's School
May 15, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Run the Range (Toowoomba Metropolitan)
May 22, 2022
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House
May 26, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Rotary International Convention 2022 - Houston
Jun 04, 2022 – Jun 08, 2022
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House
Jun 11, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
D9620 District Leadership Team Meeting
Bostock House
Jun 11, 2022
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
District 9620 Changeover
Jul 02, 2022
Rotary Foundation Info Day and D9620 Orientation
Bostock House
Jul 24, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
District 9620 2023 District Conference
Mar 25, 2023 – Mar 26, 2023
Rotary International Convention 2023 - Melbourne
May 27, 2023 – May 31, 2023
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