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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