A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I hope this week finds everyone in good spirits as the Covid 19 statistics start to look better than they were a week ago. Four more weeks seems a long time. We must consider that even then we will be restricted and may be zoom meeting for some time, so I’d like to think we are mentally planning for that and not dropping our collective bundles! As I keep saying, keeping in contact is vital for our welfare.
Our Strategic Planning committee has started meeting weekly on a Wednesday until we have a document that is representative of our clubs’ wishes and direction. The committee comprises Gavin Birch, Ian Thomlinson, Kevin Hall, Bob Fry and me.
Last week was a refreshing change to our usual meeting with partners joining us for our Trivial Pursuit Night. Great to see Micki, Yvonne and Marianne holding up their own. Sorry to hear that Terry was under the weather after her recent surgery, but I’ve had it on good authority since then that she is now recovering well and much better than she was last week. That’s good news.
Sergeant Steve had gone to a lot of trouble to prepare question and answer sheets and a power point presentation of the questions. Notwithstanding technical problems it was a fun night with most of us scratching our heads to think of the correct answers, and very few of us, if any, succeeded in 100%. Thanks to all who participated, especially Steve Latimer and chair Gavin and we look forward to our usual club meeting next week.
First Rotary International President Announced
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a ground breaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact. “As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,”
Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”
As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.
Zone 8 - Rotary 2020 - Virtual Conference
Welcome from Zone 8 Conference Convenor, Noel Trevaskis
G’day, I would like to welcome you to our first Virtual Conference for Australia and New Zealand. This is due to the fact we aren’t able to go to Alice Springs as planned due to COVID19. This gives us an exciting opportunity for all Rotarians to participate in this conference, for which registration is free.
The array of presenters is first class plus you will be able to experience what is happening in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. This conference is one not to miss, it will be historic.
I would encourage Rotary Clubs to have their Rotary meeting on the Saturday or Sunday or both days and watch the conference live (between 11.30AM AEST and 1.00PM AEST each day on the 19th and 20th of September).
Organise a brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and share the experience.
While this year has been challenging we can still celebrate Rotary and let Rotary open opportunities! I hope to see you on the 19th and 20th September!
NOEL TREVASKIS, CONFERENCE CONVENOR — JUL 29, 2020
Noel Trevaskis is the Convenor of the 2020 Rotary Zone 8 (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific) Virtual Conference.
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE — JUL 23, 2020
We're delighted to be hearing the following speakers at our virtual conference on the 19th and 20th of September 2020.
Saturday 19th September 2020 (11.30am - 1.00pm AEST
• Rotary International President Holger Knaack
• Past Rotary International President and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Ian Riseley – The Rotary Foundation – the charity of choice for Rotarians
• Past Director Stuart Heal – Winds of Change
• Showcase - New Zealand Rotary Projects
• Sarah Brown AM – Continuing story of the Purple House
Sunday 20th September 2020 (11.30am - 1.00pm AEST)
• Past Rotary International Vice President The Rotary Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones – A modern Rotary
• Past Rotary International President and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Barry Rassin – The Rotary Foundation, doing good in the world
• Showcase - Australian Rotary Projects
• Chair End Polio Now. Past Rotary International Vice President and Past The Rotary Foundation Trustee Mike McGovern – Eradicating polio in the COVID era.
• Rotary International Director Elect Jessie Harman
Gavin’s Been Hard At Work In His Garden.