The D9600 Buzz
Outside the Box in Kingaroy

Neil Black, District Governer for 2020 - 21 invites you to the last 9600 conference, in his home town of Kingaroy, Queensland, from the 26 - 28 March 2021.

Building on the theme "outside the box" the conference focuses on the contribution Rotary makes to the wider community and the challenges we will confront as we embrace the future.

If you have not registered and booked your accommodation, then you should get in now before the best accommodation is filled up. Country towns tend to fill up with commercial travellers, etc. close to the date, and your webmaster knows a bunch of people who are going to this conference who have never attended a district conference before. It is going to be one to remember.

District 9620 Presidents-Elect Training Seminar Sat 10th April and Sun 11th April
The presidents-elect training seminar (PETS) is designed to prepare incoming club presidents for their role and give District Governors-elect, District Coordinators and incoming Assistant Governors the opportunity to motivate incoming Presidents and build working relationships. It also provides a great springboard for club Presidents to form cluster relationships which have proven to be exciting avenues for service.

All Presidents-elect are required to attend PETS unless the governor-elect excuses them. Presidents-elect who are excused need to send a club representative in their place.

Call For Interest - Formation of a Rotaract e-club

The Rotaract E-Club of <Insert Name Here> (provisional) is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the first pure e-club in Australia. The project’s aim is to create an opportunity for community-minded youth who are not able to access traditional Rotaract clubs, to engage within the Rotary and Rotaract family. In this way, Rotary and Rotaract can reach out across Australia to engage a diverse group of young people who wish to give back to their communities, but who could benefit from being supported and developed by an organisation that are experts in community service. Our next meeting is on the 18th of February at 7pm.

To direct young people in your community to find out more information on how to become involved, tell them to head to the Rotaract E-Club of <Insert Name Here> facebook page and complete the registration form here:


Combined R100 Centenary and Pride of Workmanship Dinner 
 (RC New Farm)
The Rotary Club of New Farm will be holding a Combined R100 Centenary and Pride of Workmanship Dinner at the Brunswick Hotel in New Farm on the 24th February, 2021. You can find full details and purchase tickets online by clicking the button below.
Pride of Workmanship Awards 25th Feb. (RC Caloundra Pacific)
This is an annual event where we recognize someone in the community for doing that little bit extra, could be an apprentice or an employee being recognized by their employer. Support for that little bit extra that some people are not always recognized for; they are given an award and recognition by a local high profile person in our community.
District Interact/Earlyact Conference 14th March 2021

Come and share your best project ideas, discover new ones and network with like-minded people. This day is a great motivational experience for all students, teachers and Rotarians who are passionate about their clubs and those Rotarians considering starting a club.

Cost: $20 p/p all inclusive. Click the button below for event information and registration form.

Come and be Inspired! 

Charity Golf Day (RC Caloundra) 19th March

The Rotary Club of Caloundra Charity Golf day is on again on 19th March 2021. 

Entry is $400 for a team of 4 or $100 for visitors and there is a Sponsorship Package available for $1000 per team.

For more details visit the event page using the button below.

Rypen 2021: Applications Close 9th April
The RYPEN Camp for 2021 is on at the Luther Heights Youth Camp on the weekend of 14-16 May, 2021. Applications close 9th April, so clubs should be getting applications ready now.
District 9600 Tree-planting Project - 24th April

As with the last three years, this year there will be a District Tree Planting Day and this is planned for Saturday 24 April. Please note that the venue for this year’s planting is still the reserve at 85-91 Ross Road, Upper Kedron.

This event ties in beautifully with Rotary’s recently announced new area of focus “Supporting The Environment”. Full details including information about the site and the BCC's thoughts on Rotary involvement ara available by clicking on the button below.

Deadline For Nominations of 2023-24 District 9620 DG - Feb 20, 2021
PDG Darryl Iseppi would like to let us all know that if your club wishes to nomionate a candidate for DG for the 2023-24 Rotary year, then you need to do so by 20th February. Click on the button below for full details.
Rotary Peace Fellows' Seminar 20th March 2021
The Class XVIII Rotary Peace Fellows presenting at this seminar are nearing the completion of their Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies.

About this Event

"From feeling to healing: embracing emotions in peacebuilding in a pandemic"!

The Class XVIII Rotary Peace Fellows presenting at this seminar are nearing the completion of their Masters in Peace & Conflict degrees at the University of Queensland. Many of the presentations draw not only from their studies, but also from the Applied Fieldwork Experience undertaken over the summer break, which allows our Peace Fellows to extend their professional and practical skills. 

R100 Celebrations: Rotary Day in the Park - April 17th

On Saturday, the 17th April 2021 Districts D9600 & D9630 will come together to Celebrate the Rotary Centenary

“ROTARY DAY IN THE PARK” at E.E Mc Caskie Park in Kelvin Grove.

On the day will be Music, Multinational Food Vendors (No Sausage Sizzles) & Multi Cultural Dancers. This will be a family day.

"Town Meets Country" Charity Race Day in Caloundra (RC Brisbane) - 16th May

The Rotary Club of Brisbane are off to the races on Sunday, 16th May 2021!

Enjoy a luxury bus transfer to and from the Caloundra Race Track with lunch and a 5-hour hospitality package in the exclusive Champagne Garden  which is right on the finish line.

Bus transfer will start and end from a near-CBD location to be confirmed which will offer breakfast for the early and dinner for those who want to make a full day of it.

This is a fundraising event in aid of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Ballet International Gala 25th and 26th June 2021 (RC Brisbane)

BIG – Ballet International Gala is set to be the greatest ballet gala Australia has ever seen. The most talented dancers from across the world will come together to showcase their incredible ability over a series of two intimate evenings at South Bank’s Piazza Auditorium. Keep your eyes and ears open as we disclose our fantastic dancers in the coming period. Save the date for either the 25th or 26th of June 2021, and get in quick because good ballet usually sells out in Brisbane!

The Rotary Club of Brisbane is proud to be associated with the Ballet International Gala both as an official supporting organisation and as the club the promoters of the event call home. As a result of our support, BIG have agreed to donate 10% of net proceeds to Roadies Retreat Inc., a charity that supports disadvantaged retirees from the entertainment industry, many of whom face homelessness and poverty due to the casual and intermittent nature of employment in the industry and the historic absence of proper structured retirement benefits. We are also excited because this will be an opportunity to see dancers who would normally never come to Australia. If you are a ballet fan it would be more than worth your while even if Rotary wasn't involved!

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Upcoming Events
Deadline: Submission of DG Nominations for 2023-24
Feb 20, 2021
R100 and Pride of Workmanship Dinner (RC New Farm)
Brunswick Hotel
Feb 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Pride of Workmanship Awards (RC Caloundra Pacific)
Feb 25, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
District Presidents' Virtual Meeting
Feb 26, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
District Board Meeting
Mar 02, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
District Leadership Team Meeting
Mar 02, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
ROMAC Trivia Night (RC Caloundra Pacific)
Unity College Auditorium
Mar 04, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
D9600 Interact/Earlyact Conference
Caboolture Memorial Hall
Mar 14, 2021
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Charity Golf Day 2021 (RC Caloundra)
Pelican Waters Golf Club
Mar 19, 2021
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Night to Remember (RC Mooloolaba)
Mar 20, 2021
Rotary Peace Fellows' Seminar 2021
Hancock Auditorium
Mar 20, 2021
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
District 9600 2021 District Conference
Mar 26, 2021 5:00 PM –
Mar 28, 2021 5:00 PM
District Presidents' Virtual Meeting
Mar 26, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Closing Date for RYLA 2021 applications
Mar 29, 2021
District Board Meeting (Time to be confirmed)
Apr 06, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
District Leadership Team Meeting (Time TBC)
Apr 06, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Applications Close for Rypen 2021 Youth Camp
Apr 09, 2021
District 9620 Presidents-Elect Training (PETS)
Apr 10, 2021 – Apr 11, 2021
Rotary Day In The Park: District R100 Celebrations
E.E. McKaskie Park
Apr 17, 2021
100th Anniversary date of Rotary in ANZ
Apr 21, 2021
D9600 Coordinated Tree-planting Project
85-91 Ross Road
Apr 24, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District Presidents' Virtual Meeting
Apr 30, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
RYLA District 9600 Camp
Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum Beach
May 01, 2021 – May 07, 2021
District Board Meeting
May 04, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Copy of District Leadership Team Meeting
May 04, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
RYPEN Luther Heights Youth Camp - Coolum
Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum Beach
May 14, 2021 – May 16, 2021
AGFR Golf Tournament (RC Maroochydore)
May 16, 2021 – May 21, 2021
"Town Meets Country" Charity Raceday -RC Brisbane
Sunshine Coast Turf Club
May 16, 2021
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Maleny Agricultural Show (RC Maleny)
May 28, 2021 – May 29, 2021
District Presidents' Virtual Meeting
May 28, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
District Board Meeting
Jun 01, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
District Leadership Team Meeting
Jun 01, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary International Convention 2021 (Now Virtual)
Online Virtual Conference
Jun 12, 2021 9:00 AM –
Jun 16, 2021 5:00 PM
District Changeover (TBC)
Jun 18, 2021
Ballet International Gala (RC Brisbane)
South Bank Piazza Auditorium
Jun 25, 2021 – Jun 26, 2021
District Presidents' Virtual Meeting
Jun 25, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
District 9620 Changeover 2021
Jul 03, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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