It’s been a busy week with Zoom activities most days/nights. On Monday the Club Runner tutorial where we learnt all about how to access information from both the District and Rotary International web sites. The session was recorded so will be available for clubs to show at their meetings.
Tuesday night was the successful GirlZchat where ten of us got together for 90 minutes of good conversation. We were joined by Janet Ford wife of Richard Ford, founding president of the RC of Warrandyte – they now live in Yea. Sandy joined us from Blairgowrie and Carolyn from Merricks. Great to also see Yvonne, Terry, Lena, Marianne, Pippa and Louise. We heard about the Birch’s heater failure during one of the coldest weekends this winter! Thank goodness they now have a new heater installed but it was four days of freezing. Yvonne told a lovely story about her Chinese neighbour who they don’t know personally. Every Monday evening she has been leaving all manner of goodies on the front step – bread, eggs, flowers, all sorts of groceries. What lovely random acts of kindness, so good to hear about the positive things not the negative. Anna Molinaro is healing well after her ordeal with the Nutribullet, Janet told us about the fabulous Portal she has on her TV enabling her to read stories to her grandchildren and her image takes on the persona of the characters in the story. (See photo. Janet as an octopus in the story she was reading!) Sandy is coping well down near the beach as are Carolyn and Bob, who have the luxury of a walk along the beach every day. She said everyone is obeying the mask wearing law. Terry is on the mend, looking well and had her first drive alone to the supermarket recently – such a treat! It was a great social night and to be repeated if we have to continue zooming after stage 4 restrictions have been lifted.
Wednesday was our Strategic Planning Meeting, Thursday the Vocational Seminar and next Monday the Social Media seminar. Normally attending so many meetings would be a chore but via zoom for only one hour in the comfort of our own homes it is much more appealing. In a fortnight we have the enthusiastic Rotaractors as our guest speakers. Cluster clubs have been asked to help spread the word about their Connecting Manningham program so there is more information about it in this bulletin. I would urge you to have a look at their Facebook page and see if any of their activities are of interest to you. I’m hoping to join their workout sessions. Next week our AG Kehela will talk to us about Work Safe and implications for Rotary especially for volunteers. She works in this area so is well placed to give good advice. Looking forward to seeing you all there. No going to sleep on the couch before the meeting!!
Information about Connecting Manningham – A Rotaract Project
Welcome to “Connecting Manningham”, a community initiative sponsored by the Rotary
Club of Templestowe and The Rotaract Club of Manningham, designed to:
- Connect to Neighbours and Spread Kindness - Connect to Services and Business and Support Local - Connect to Programs and Meet New People
1. Enhance community connectedness within Manningham by providing opportunities for residents and visitors to connect online and in person. 2. Encourage community kindness and positive neighbourhood relationships within Manningham now and beyond COVID- 19. 3. Develop online platforms that allows for positive social connection, active participation and linkages to local services, businesses, and programs 4. Enhance the profile of services and businesses, encouraging people to support local. 5. Provide programs and activities that encourage positive lifestyles, improves wellbeing, and supports social inclusion. 6. Build community and business partnerships, and positive relationships with key stakeholders to further deliver joint initiatives
The Connecting Manningham Framework:
Connecting Manningham is a program that provides and encourages community and business connectedness and sharing in an open and engaging way. The online platform centres on three key focus areas depicted in the model above. Project Objectives:
Connecting Manningham has the following objectives:
This phase was considered a pilot exploring the opportunities and was a partnership between The Rotary Club of Templestowe and Manningham Rotaract. This phase of the project primarily included the development of online content on the Facebook site by the club members focused on connecting with neighbours, connecting with business and services, and connecting with programs and activities. Phase one has received positive growth and interest from community. There are also links with the Rotary Club of Templestowe Facebook page and website.
Phases two and three of Connection Manningham, which is set to commence in the next two months, is a further development of the program to support broader community benefit. There are three aspects to these further initiatives:
Neighbourhood Connection and Spreading Kindness
Promoting and linking people to local Services and Businesses
Connecting to Programs and Activities - In addition to Rotary/Rotaract programs,
Community will be invited through an EOI process to deliver free or low-cost activities online via the Connecting Manningham Group.
Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
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Rotary International is a worldwide organisation of business, professional and community leaders, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Warrandyte Donvale is one of four clubs in the Manningham Cluster. This cluster is in Rotary District 9810 which comprises the Rotary Clubs of Doncaster, Manningham and Templestowe.