A Note From The President
Today I attended the Energising Rotary seminar. It was one of the best and constructive sessions about strengthening Rotary that I have attended, and I’m sorry not more of you joined as it was well worth it.
Guest speakers were Evan Burrell and Jessie Harmon. Evan is a young passionate Rotarian from the only Coffee Club which meets every second Sunday of the month for coffee ( in NSW). He is a graphic designer and public speaker and you can see on the front page some of his designs, he is constantly developing and sharing jazzy graphics which really get the message across. And once again the message about engaging in social media came across LOUD AND CLEAR!! We need to get with it and we need more members to take up the challenge of getting educated about Facebook. I know we will need help with this.
As always, Jessie’s presentation was great – she gave some really useful tips on membership retention:
• Create a good first impression
• Have meaningful roles for everyone in the club and volunteers
• Have varied service projects
• Have good two-way communication between all members and volunteers and stake holders
• Make it fun and inclusive
• Recognize and appreciate volunteers (Some people track volunteer hours)
• Advertise what has been achieved
• Make sure members know they are part of something really big!
• “Fit your club to it’s members don’t fit your members to your club”.
Some if not most of these ideas and themes came out in our club survey so you are all on the right track. We just need to put them into practice.
Last Friday night I attended a Cluster President’s meeting -you will be interested to hear that National Youth Science Forum is going ahead with a hybrid online program so we hope our candidate Zoe is still on board with this.
We were encouraged to ensure our Foundation giving goes ahead so the district has funds to disburse in three years.
When fundraising resumes we must have a Covid 19 Safe OHS plan for each of our activities these need to be kept and attendance records. WorkSafe and Chamber of commerce all have resources for this.
We talked again about interesting ways to hold meetings – Doncaster club had a recent meeting with the Rotary Club of Doncaster in the UK – they are about to turn 100! They did a combined zoom meeting and it was a huge success. Some clubs have had very successful trivia nights and murder mystery nights. The cluster clubs are holding their footy tipping final night next week – they would love to have us join them. All proceeds to REAL – an organization for people with intellectual difficulties.
We held a board meeting last Tuesday night, and members will be sent a report of this meeting in due course with the opportunity to ask questions about any issues from the meeting.
Until then everyone have a safe and productive weekend and will see you on Tuesday night when we have a talk from Shino Yu, her biography is below. It may be a little challenging for some because the theme is “Change” but I’m looking forward to hearing what she has to say.
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