The D9600 Buzz
District Conference 26 March - Registrations Close 18th March

Have you registered and booked your accommodation for the last District 9600 conference yet? If not, you better hurry because registrations close soon and accommodation is filling up!

The District Secretary advises that the following district awards will be awarded at the conference:

  • The Jim Trotter Memorial Trophy for Best Display at Conference.
  • Membership Retention Trophy
  • (For the highest club membership percentage growth in the most recent Rotary year, that is, 2019-2020).
  • Errol Richardson Membership Development Trophy
  • (For the highest growth in membership in absolute numbers in the most recent Rotary year, that is, 2019-2020.)
  • Ben Bennett Trophy for outstanding support for The Rotary Foundation
  • (The criteria used are contributions for the Rotary Year 2019-20 divided by the Club Membership as at 1 July 2019 which provides the per capita result on which the Award is based.)
  • The Jack Nicholson Trophy for Attendance at District Conference.

Gala Dinner Celebrating 100 Years 17th April (Sunshine South Cluster)

Rotarians and Friends join us for a night of fellowship, fun and dancing to celebrate Rotary’s fantastic achievements over the past 100 years.

Organise a group and catch up with old friends, or join a group.

Welcome by: Mayor Mark Jamieson

Music by: Beats Workin

Where: Maroochy RSL, Memorial Ave Maroochydore

When: Pre-dinner drinks & nibbles from 6.30pm on Saturday 17 April 2021

Dress: After five (Rotary medals if you like)

Moreton Bay Red Ride 1st May (RC Caboolture)

Join us on your motorbike on this scenic tour of the beautiful Moreton Bay Region to help combat Domestic Violence!

Starting at 8.00am from Caboolture Show Grounds, come early and enjoy breakfast and coffee, followed by the blessing of the bikes.

End your ride at Woodford Show Grounds.

Enrol into the Show and Shine to be judged by Celebrity Judges!

Join us for a fantastic Music Festival from 5.30pm! Your host is the one and only Country artist Dave Reynolds!

On this day we ride and enjoy together to send a message to the perpetrators that we will not stand for Domestic Violence!

All Proceeds will be donated to Act for Kids and Variety the Children’s Charity

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.

RYLA Applications Closing Soon - 29th March
The 2021 RYLA Camp is on 1st-7th May 2021. Final close of applications is 29th March 2021 so you need to seriously think about it now, and get your ask into gear! There are lots of our young people who will benefit from attendance!!
The program’s aim is to give young people personal, leadership and citizenship skills to succeed in all areas of their life.
RYLA will give young adults (18-26yrs) the opportunity to learn from other like-minded people and make new friends, while being challenged both physically and mentally on their road to self-discovery. This experiential learning opportunity will enable individuals to discover their uniqueness and how to communicate and work with others, and embrace change.
Participants will be transported by bus to and from Luther Heights, arriving Saturday, 1st May and departing Friday, 7th May 2021. The program covers seven full days of activities and speakers, together with social and Rotary functions at night. The Seminar Program will start at 0600 and conclude at 2300 each day.
Click on the event button below for more information and application forms.

AGFR Golf Tournament 16th May (RC Maroochydore)
The Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians is a fellowship within the Rotary organisation and is a part of what Rotary is all about, that is “fellowship within its members”.
It is also part of the 4th objective of Rotary that is: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service”.
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.
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.

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.

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.

Opera in the Gardens (Rotary West) 2nd May

The Rotary Clubs of Brookfield, Karana Bellbowrie and Toowong invite you to enjoy 




Early Bird / $60 Adult, $30 Student (to 31 March)
General Release / $70 Adult, $40 Student
Groups of 10+ / $60 Adult

BYO Drinks and Chair

This is a benefit concert supporting the work of Drug ARM and Rotary.

"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!

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. 

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Upcoming Events
District Board Meeting
Mar 09, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
District Leadership Team Meeting
Mar 09, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 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
Kingaroy State High School
Mar 26, 2021 5:00 PM –
Mar 28, 2021 5:00 PM
District Conference Welcome BBQ
Bethany Homestead
Mar 26, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
District Presidents' Virtual Meeting
Mar 26, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
District Conference Gala Dinner
Kingaroy Town Hall
Mar 27, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:00 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
Rotary Gala Dinner - 100 Years (Sunshine South)
Maroochy RSL
Apr 17, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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
Moreton Bay Red Ride (RC Caboolture)
Caboolture Show Grounds
May 01, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Opera in The Gardens (Rotary West)
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
May 02, 2021
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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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