Letter from Jane ...
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Last week-end I had the privilege of attending one of the biggest Rotary 9500 projects and it happens every year, well, for the past 58 years. 
On Friday David and I flew to Alice Springs for the Henley on Todd (HoT), opening that night with a concert by 'Gold Chisel' and on Saturday the Regatta.  I walked in the Parade with the Commodore and then said a few words.  I am sure you have seen the photographs on the District 9500 Facebook page.
This is a Rotary Project which brings a dry creek bed to the world stage.  The HoT is indeed an example of Rotary DoGoodery with funds raised this year going to the McGrath Foundation – a very worthy cause because of the high demand for Breast Care Nurses.
We have returned to Adelaide and it is back to ‘Auld Clothes and Porridge,’ back to the daily life of networking, fellowship and lots of DoGoodery.  The full story and images will be featured in the first issue of Connections, due to be published early-mid September.
Just as a little aside I would personally like to encourage Rotarians in our District to consider being the District Governor 22-23.  Applications will be open in November – please think about it.
And please don't forget -  if you wish to make any amendments to the Draft District Directory sent out last week those amendments are due by close of business Friday, 23 August.  Please advise  Webmaster Graham Fussen at
Yours in Rotary
Jane Owens
Governor,  District 9500 - 2019/20
In this issue ... 
The Rotary Foundation - closing date for District Grant Applications - Two day to deadline!
Warning!  Don't Get Caught - Robocall threatening cancellation of internet 
Learning Development Round Table
Rotary Brand & Social Media - Promoting a good public image in your local media
District Conference - How are you travelling to Conference?
Media Campaign - "Why I Joined Rotary"
Downton Abbey:  The Movie - Charity Screening Sunday Afternoon 15 September 2019
'One & All' Twilight Cruise Lottery - don't miss out!
RYLA/RYPEN Committee Needs You!
Service Clubs Association of SA (SCASA) - Time Sensitive - Applications closing soon
ARH High Tea - D9500/D9520 Combined
Rotaract News & Events - Cultural Night
Health of the River Forum - Time Sensitive
Mbale, Uganda Health Clinic - How you can help
Cold Plunge Blue - Time Sensitive
​​​​​​​District Bizz - Past Issues:
  • Shanghai & Hong Kong Rotary Tour - Time Sensitive 
  • Calperum News - Latest Issue
  • Rotary Youth Sailing - One & All Familiarisation Event
Upcoming Events
2019 D9500 Roundtable
Aug 31, 2019
NYP Rotary Market
Aug 31, 2019
DOWNTON ABBEY - Charity Screening - Sun 15 Sept
The Regal Theatre
Sep 15, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
View entire list
ClubRunner Mobile
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Don't forget:  If you have an upcoming event, please send the information in good time to Webmaster Graham Fussen at Upcoming Events and Important Dates are published here and on the Home Page of the district website. 
Your Editor,
Friday 23 August by 5:00pm
If you have any questions please contact Ed King or Doug Lang immediately.
District Grant Application & Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) Forms are available on the District Website.  District Grants page on District Website
  • Grant Applications to be emailed to District Grants Chair PDG Ed King copying in Foundation Team Leader Doug Layng (contact details below).
  • The MOU must be completed and emailed with the Application.
  • Only Clubs that have attended this year’s District Grants Seminar & had that attendance recorded may apply for District Grants.
  • Should anyone have a query please contact either Ed King or Doug Layng.
Need more help?  Contact
Ed King, District 9500 Rotary Foundation Grants Chair
Rotary Club of Kidman Park
Ph: 08 8447 5989 (H)   Mobile: 0419 334 181
Doug Layng,  District 9500 Foundation Team Leader 2017 20
Rotary Club of Prospect
Ph:  0418 882 144     Email:
WARNING! DON'T GET CAUGHT - NBN robocall scam threatens to disconnect households from the Internet.  

The ABC sent out a warning recently about a phone scam, claiming to be from the National Broadband Network (NBN), ramping up in Queensland, with one woman harassed eight times in three days.  The scam moved to Victoria and has now spread to South Australia, with your Editor receiving such calls in less than twenty-four hours.  Investigation revealed the warning.

The robocalls include an automated voice, warning the NBN would be turned off in the local area so maintenance work could be undertaken.  It sounds very authoritative and threatening.

People are prompted to press "1" to discuss the matter further, or "2" to disconnect from the internet.  Read the full story here ...

Stay safe and don't get caught.  Register for Scamwatch and keep informed.  Bulletins are issued from the ACCC, a Federal Government body.

Round tables are oral presentations and discussion with attendees seated around a table.  They are among the most flexible Learning and Development formats offered and vary from session to session.
  • New District Protection Policy and its implementation…Club Presidents are asked to choose this in Session 1 and Protection Officers in Sessions 1, 2, & 3.
  • Want to know more about Promoting a Positive Club Culture (and avoid the disruption of conflict)?
  • What about a Story of Change for a mid size club?
  • Still confused…more hands-on with the District Website (ClubRunner)
  • New Rotarian? Share and learn in an informal setting
  • More About Vocational Service
  • Registration 9:00am
  • 9:30am - 1:00pm
  • Coffee / Tea on arrival
  • Muffin Morning Tea
  • Registration free.  Register here ...
St Michael’s College, 15 Mitton Avenue, Henley Beach.
Promoting Rotary to the general public can be as simple as wearing your Rotary pin or as elaborate as organizing an integrated marketing campaign. By increasing the public's understanding of Rotary, we are strengthening your ability to make an impact in communities around the world.
You are encouraged to visit the Rotary Brand Center (sic), where you will find a variety of media-ready materials that can be adapted to your club’s needs.
Tips on promoting your club’s project
By including a public relations component in your project plan will help ensure your club’s projects and events get the attention and support they deserve. The following ideas can help you create a successful campaign.
Know your local media
Before sending stories to a journalist, get to know your audience. Read your local newspaper, listen to the evening news, and follow Facebook and Twitter to identify where a Rotary story might fit. Consider inviting a local journalist to speak to your club about how to work with the media or invite them to join a service project so they can see firsthand how your club is improving your community. You could also:
  • Develop a media list and keep it current.
  • Get to know local journalists by inviting them to learn more about Rotary, your club, or a specific project.
  • Contact the media with newsworthy story ideas, being sure to:
    • Know your story and anticipate questions.
    • Send background materials immediately following contact.
    • Be persuasive, persistent, and friendly, but not aggressive.
Write a press release that journalists want to read.
Once you've developed a relationship with your local reporter, help them remember you through regular contact. Share news about your club projects, fundraising events, or the arrival of Youth Exchange students with a press release. You should:
  • Develop your “news hook,” a persuasive reason for the news media to pursue a story
  • Include the five Ws in the opening paragraph of your press release: who, what, where, when, and why
  • Keep it concise; limit the press release to one page and paste into the body of your email rather than sending it as an attachment
  • Decide who will respond to media inquiries and include their contact information
  • Include great photos when you send to a newspaper
For some great ideas, check this out:  Creating a Public Relations Plan.pdf
For further information and support please contact:
Graham Fussen, District Webmaster: 
e:   m: 0412 694 461
How are you travelling to the Whyalla District Conference?
We have been planning some ‘Bus Transport’ to and from the Conference and would like to know your preferences for travel.  There is a very short survey with detailed options on this link:
The Early Bird package registrations, which included accommodation and conference registration have been well received, so if you would like to register please book via the My Booking Manager link:  Click Here to Register.
Any questions please contact Conference Chair Marie-louise Lees, 
mobile: 0408 134 363  email: 
Looking for a new car?  Check out our major sponsor at
The multi media campaign will start soon and your input and support is needed.
A campaign using Social Media (initially Facebook), Community Radio and TV and print will be targeted at local communities to create awareness of opportunities to volunteer with ROTARY.
A series of videos has been edited with a District tag and direct contact email and these are available for all Clubs to share on Websites and Facebook pages.
Why I Joined Rotary
These will be Facebook posts with comments from Rotarians. Each will be edited with a photo and your comments into a Graphic Frame including your Club name.
All Rotarians and Rotaractors are asked to write a sentence or two on “Why I Joined Rotary”.  Please email comments and photo to Graham Fussen PR & Communications Coordinator.
To assist Clubs, the Campaign Team has been preparing some solutions to support Clubs develop better Websites and Social Media pages that have more impact on the visiting public.
The PR & Communications team is considering creating a ‘webinar using ZOOM’ with a panel of experienced people to provide a range of tips and ideas to deliver a better marketing impact.
If you are interested in attending such a webinar, please email or call
District Webmaster  Graham Fussen: 
Mobile:  0412 694 461
Join members of Adelaide West Rotary Club and enjoy Sunday Afternoon with the Family and Staff of Downton Abbey at the Regal Theatre.  Arrive at 1:30pm for Complimentary Sandwich and Glass of Wine.  Screening at 2:00pm.  Door prize and Raffle.  Proceeds towards Club Projects.  Tickets $20 adults and $12 for kids 15 years and under.
Details in Upcoming Events on the District Website or download poster to share with family and friends.
For more information contact Glenda Sherwin-Lane on 0414 769 459
The lucky winner will receive tickets for two people to enjoy a magical twilight sail down the Port River and into the Gulf on the 'One and All' Tall Ship on Saturday, 23 November 2019 from 5:15pm to shortly after 10:00pm.
The lottery will be drawn on 19 October and the winner will be notified promptly by phone or email.
All proceeds from this lottery will go towards the Rotary Youth Sailing Challenge project.  For more information about this project – go to
The RYLA-RYPEN 9500 Committee is currently seeking expressions of interest for committee members to support and serve the program during the 2019/20 Rotary Year. Get involved and help fulfil our youth goals through development of the next generation of leaders.
If interested, find more details and an expression of interest here
Any questions or clarification, please contact Damien Walker (Committee Chair 2019/20) on or via 0423 914 675.  Thanks for your support in this matter.
The SCASA Awards (formally ACSO) are now open and applications are available directly on the website. Applications close on 30 August 2019, so look at the website to select an Award type and download the application.  Website is:
Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Spring beside the Torrens River, share good fellowship and a wonderful Afternoon Tea and help raise funds for Australian Rotary Health.
$50.00 per person.  
The Adelaide University Rotaract Club  is holding its annual fundraiser, Cultural Night 2019, on Saturday 21 September - the UN International Day of Peace - from 7:30-10:30pm at Estonian Hall, 200 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide.  All profits donated to charity.
This event proved very popular and successful last year.  You can help to make it even more successful this year by gathering a group of friends and purchasing tickets, donating prizes and/or providing sponsorship.
Please click on the links for further information:
If you have any queries, please contact 
Lenard Sciancalepore at
Calperum Station, Renmark
Bookings for this outstanding Rotary program remain open until Friday 27 September.
Open for Yrs 9 & 10 students.  Please contact your nearest Secondary School to encourage students to take part.  Read more ... 
ALSO, any Rotarians who wish to take part in this year’s forum as volunteers, are now asked to contact Bruce Cole on 0414 825 454 or via email:  Only six volunteer places are required so get in fast! All fees are covered by camp funds but a current DHS Working with Children certificate is required.  Contact Bruce if you wish this process to be enabled for you.
The Rotary Clubs of Seaford (D9520) and Mbale Uganda, D9211, are seeking assistance to develop a health clinic on land central to the communities of  Lukhonje, Bukiende, Bumasikye and Sibanga which have no nearby healthcare facilities.
The nearest government or private health care facility is 10 to 15Km away. It is especially dangerous to try to reach these facilities after dark with poor transport options. Local public services are inadequate with four women recently dying in child birth and it is reported that every month a community loses 4 to 5 people due to various illnesses.  Read more ...
Members of the Rotary Club of Glenelg are gearing up for The Cold Plunge, its annual local community project, raising funds to support the Homeless and people in need in the local areas.
Don your bikini, board shorts or fun costume and plunge into the sea at Glenelg.  Registrations are now open to Plunge, Sponsor another person or Donate if you can't come.
Read more ...
Download the flyer and share with your family and friends or contact:
Rosie Erasmus
President and Treasurer
Rotary Club of Glenelg
mobile: 0400 164 419
The following items were previously published in Issue 3.  
  One & All Rotary Youth Sailing Challenge - Twilight Familiarisation Cruise. Learn more here.  Book here
  Shanghai & Hong Kong Rotary Tour - For full details download brochure here
 Advanced Notice of Expressions of Interest - a range of positions for D9510 -