The role of the District International Service Committee is to encourage and facilitate the participation of District Rotary Clubs in the implementation of International Service programs. The committee will comprise the following program co-ordinators who may co-opt Rotarians to support activities throughout the District.

Chair 2022-23

Marie Gerrard

Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell




RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service

Registering your International project with RAWCS has many benefits including the ability to offer donors tax deductibility for their donations, a place for all to see your project photos and understand the need as well as the solution and how they can help.  RAWCS provides a crowd funding site and a donation button you can use in your social media posts to promote your project and send interested people to the crowd funding page and most importantly if your project is registered with RAWCS you can promote your project with the ACNC charity tick.  For further details contact the RAWCS Co-ordinator 

Co-ordinator: David Earle
Rotary Club of Shepparton


Rotary Project Volunteers

RAWCS teams of 6 to 8 volunteers mainly go to South East Asia and the Pacific Island States for 2 weeks to work with the locals on building projects.  Volunteer teams are made up of Rotarians and non-Rotarians, preferably with one or two building professionals or building apprentices.

Co-ordinator: David Earle
Rotary Club of Shepparton

Peace Fellowship

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centres. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centres program develops the capacity of peace and develops professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.  The Rotary Club of Moreland in our District recently supported Rotary Peace Fellow Michael Chew in his successful application.  Interested?  The 2022-23 application are now closed, but you can start preparing for the 2023 - 24 applications which will open in February, 2022. Visit here for more information and contact your local District 9790 Rotary Club to commence the application process.

Donations in Kind (DIK)

Many goods and products, for which organisations in Australia have no further use are valuable commodities in needy countries.  The DIK committee facilitates central coordination, storage, packing and dispatch leading to efficiencies in club efforts and minimum costs to get the goods where they are needed.

Co-ordinator: TBA 


ShelterBox is a cutting-edge charity that hand-delivers emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict. Our signature ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits contain the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities.
Co-ordinator: Steve Crosling
Rotary Club of Diamond Creek

Disaster Aid Australia

Disaster Aid Australia is a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavor Hills.
Refer to the website

Rotary Friendship Exchange

Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.

Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.

The many benefits of Friendship Exchange include:

  • Broaden your international understanding
  • Explore a profession or job in a different context
  • Build enduring friendships
  • Establish a foundation for peace and service
  • Gain opportunities for active project involvement and support
  • Learn about a region’s people, food, languages, customs, and history
  • Find partners for grants
For further details on how you or your Club can participate, contact:
Co-ordinator: Ann Kimberley
Rotary Club of Benalla


Interplast is a multi-district Program, established in 1983 as a joint venture with the Australian College of Surgeons, which provides expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, through volunteer teams of surgeons and nurses, going to the South Pacific and countries north of Australia.
Co-ordinator: TBA - Interim Chris Sutton
Rotary Club of Numurkah

Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)

RAM is a multi-district program with the major objective to minimise the death and suffering caused by malaria.  9790 as part of the Southern region are currently focusing on eradicating Malaria in Vanuatu.  For further details including how you can help, contact:
Co-ordinator: Bryce McNair
Rotary Club of Albury-Wodonga Sunrise

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)

ROMAC was started in 1984 by the Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat.  Its founder is PP Barrie Cooper.
The program reaches out to all children in under developed countries to bring them to Australia for medical operations that will in some cases save their lives and in other cases restore their bodies and provide them with a diginified future. 
It is a recognised Rotary Multi-District Program if Australia and New Zealand Districts.  For further details and to understand how you can support ROMAC, contact:
Co-ordinator: Bruce Walker
Rotary Club of Benalla

Operation Cleft

Operation Cleft is a unique Rotary project that provides free cleft repair surgery for underprivileged children in Bangladesh. Because cleft repair surgery is not covered under Bangladesh’s overburdened public health care system, thousands of children grow to adulthood with this condition untreated.
Co-ordinator: Trevor Moyle
Rotary Club of Moreland

Recreational and Vocational Fellowship

Rotarians in District 9790 are encouraged to join Rotary Fellowships to link with other Rotarians nationally and internationally sharing common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions. These groups help expand skills, foster vocational development, and enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world.
Some International Fellowships:
  • Antique Automobiles
  • Cycling
  • Geneologists
  • Home Exchange
  • Motorcycling
  • Old and Rare Books
  • Skiing
  • Surfing
  • Triathlon
  • Whisk(e)y
  • Yoga
  • and many many more
Download the Directory here.

District Resource Network (DRN)

Clubs and members can use the DRN when planning new projects to draw on the experience of others who have managed similar types of projects &/or worked in the same parts of the world.
The DRN contains contact details for members who will discuss issues, successes and failures that they have experienced to help you with your projects and plans.
Click the link from the menu on the left to go to the DRN page.  (Only District members have access to the DRN page.)


Author Merv Minett                                           & Coordinator Kerry Davies
Rotary Club of Sunbury                                     Rotary Club of Tocumwal