A Note From The President
Best wishes to our Marg George who is in Knox Private Hospital with a nasty back injury. She is likely to be there for a few days undergoing some treatment. We wish Marg well, hope she recovers quickly and we look forward to seeing her back to her usual self. We are all thinking of her, especially in these circumstances where she cannot have us visit.
Once again a good number of members joined our last Zoom meeting and it was great to see you all after a weeks’ break. What a strange world we are living in when our big thrill for the week is going to the supermarket and seeing ourselves on a screen with our friends! The novelty of isolation is definitely wearing off!
It was a pleasure to welcome our guests AG Kehela and Leanne Liao again, and our guest speaker Shino Yu at our last meeting.
There was a bit of confusion for some who didn’t realize Shino had screen control because she wanted to control her presentation. A gentle reminder to members that Zooming presents some challenges for the operators, the screen will not always look as familiar as you are used to when there are presentations, and it is incumbent on us to be polite to our guest speakers and wait for instructions or information. Even if not everyone is seen on screen we can all be heard. I also would like to ask that members use the MUTE button on their screens when the guest speaker is talking to prevent background noises coming through. If you don’t know how to do this please ask and we will tell you.
Shino gave a most interesting talk about Change Management. She talked about the dynamics of change – that people facing change within a system/ organization/group can go through four stages shown in the diagram below. She talked about what the different stages mean and how people react. The key is for good clear communication all the way through the process and to involve the participants so they come on board rather than be alienated.
I think we all learnt a lot and made us think about our reactions to change – as Shino said, we live in a world of constant change. Rotary is no exception and one only has to participate in some of the seminars, meetings and training sessions to see subtle changes. It is all positive and hopefully we are keeping up with current thinking!
To that end the Strategic Planning Committee once again met on Thursday and we expect to present something to the club for perusal in the next few weeks. It has not been a simple process but a very interesting one and I thank the committee for all their efforts. The next stage will be to have club members look at the plan, familiarize yourselves with it, ask questions and have discussions with the planning committee. We will give members a period of time to contemplate on it then vote on it.
On Thursday evening Gavin and I attended a Zoom meeting with the Committee for organizing our Cluster R100 celebrations next year, ably chaired by Brian Negus from Templestowe Club. Gavin is heading up the road signage project and I am heading up a small committee to look at having a cluster Long Lunch at the Manningham Council Chambers. We will also be involved in the Baton Relay in some way. Rob Edwards will be zooming into the Baton Relay meeting tonight (Friday). So, more about all this as time goes by. Of course the big uncertainty is Covid 19, and how it will effect our activities next year.
I’m really looking forward to next week’s meeting when we have international visitors join us. Members of the Rotary Club of Commonwealth in Manila will be joining us and telling us what they have been doing. At this stage we don’t know how many but it is bound to be different and interesting. It will be good if we can give them a run down of our normal (pre-covid19) club life as I’m sure they will be interested to hear about our activities and projects so Chairs be prepared to give a short report.
That’s about it for this week, so I wish you all a good weekend, hoping the ground dries up a bit and we can get outside to walk, tend our gardens and take in some fresh air. Try to stay positive even though our Covid 19 numbers are not looking as good as they should.
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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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