A Note From The President
It was wonderful to be back at Natalie's face to face albeit with the the masks on, so it was a bit of a chore, but something we have to get used to. I was very pleased to see everyone socially distancing and wearing masks, and not moving around the room. Sadly these restrictions will be in place until we can be sure that we are out of the danger zone. I think we are all still in the mode to expect another outbreak – but it sure is reassuring to see the continuation of zero cases in Melbourne and the ability to venture out of Melbourne. I have it on good authority that some of our members who were busting to get out have gone bush this weekend. Hope we see them again soon!
We welcomed one guest Leanne Liao – it was lovely to welcome her face to face as she has attended a few of our zoom meetings. We had apologies from Kevin Hall and Steve Ennor who were zooming into the Foundation Seminar, Bob Fry down at the beach, the Latimers, sadly were both unwell, hope you are now recovered, Marg George who is still in recovery from her back operation and Judith Lightfoot who is working extremely hard with her volunteers at the Op Shop.
A big thankyou to Bob McKenzie who organized the printing and distribution of the Annual Report which is now in the hands of all members.
I gave some brief explanation about the Australia Day grant which is in progress. More on this as news comes to hand. We have offered to assist Templestowe with a function next Australia Day.
The Strategic Plan has now been finalized after many weeks in draft and opportunities for members to discuss with us. There was very little feedback from individual members. Without a guest speaker it was an opportunity to go through the plan to explain the few minor changes and to ensure everyone is aware of its’ contents. We will have a show of hands on 24th November so it can go to the board on 1st Dec.
Treasurer: reports that funds are now going into the bank and we are meeting our commitments. Kevin wishes to thank the Op Shop staff for their dedication to keeping the OP Shop going via phone and collect through the lock down and their speedy reopening.
OP Shop: trading is brisk with takings above what they were pre covid19. Drop offs of donations are now by appointment only so they can manage the numbers in and around the shop.
Tunstall Square Market: Bob McKenzie reports that emails have been received from Manningham Council who have requested various documentation before the market can reopen. Bob and his committee will be working on this to get the market up and running as soon as practicable.
Warrandyte Riverside Market: - will reopen on 5th December.
Community: Rob Edwards gave a brief explaination about Warrandyte Houseing Support Services which is in the process of becoming a legal entity and hope to establish an base shortly in Warrandyte – along with a Food Bank. More about this very soon. Exciting news!
Discussion: Strategic Plan – some initiatives that have been completed:
- Establishment of an Administration Committee lead by Ian Thomlinson with Bob Fry – this committee will oversee all club compliance and governance.
- Establishment of Public Relations and Marketing committee chair- Gavin Birch
Many thanks to all who attended our first face to face meeting.
We look forward to next week when we will have partners and guests (no more than 40 people) attend in the larger restaurant area. It will be important to let Rob Edwards know if you are bring a guest or if you are an apology so he can keep his eye on the numbers.
Have a good week in Rotary
REPORT FROM DISTRICT PRESIDENT’S MEETING 13TH November 2020
The District AGM was held and all motions were carried. Kenneth Miller of the Emerald and District Club was confirmed as the District Governor Nominee for the year 2022/23.
Our Assistant Governor for 2021/22 2 will be Olive Aumann from the RC Box Hill Central. All other AGs have been publicised in the Open Doors Newsletter which came out last week.
Mental Health Forum – 27th November at 7.30am – see Open Doors for details, great guest speakers.
Membership: this year the District membership fell to below 1100 to 1098, which is precarious. It is now back up to just over 1100. To this end District 9810 has launched a new membership initiative with suggestions on how to attract members and grow clubs:
Satellite Clubs – are an extension of an existing club (their members count as members of the sponsoring club) – but it can be more flexible and have a different culture to the sponsoring club, can make their own arrangements re meeting day, time, format. Likely to be more involved with project work rather than meetings.
Masterclass – a training event over 4 sessions for all clubs to participate (they would like to have 3 people from every club in the district attend – via Zoom of course) – the aim of the masterclass will be to enhance participation, enhance adaption, enable and assist clubs to evaluate their activities projects and to assist clubs expand their reach. More on this later.
Passport Clubs - clubs which can be flexible & different. (unlike satellite clubs they will be their own Rotary entity).
Rotary Community Corps - Non- Rotarians who may like to be a group who are involved in projects and activities.
District Conference: 1-2nd May 2021 – will be completely on line. More details coming soon.
President Elects Training – Pre PETS next Saturday.
Next Meeting – 4th December.
Spotlight On - Don Kinnear
How long in Rotary? 31 years
What positions have you held? President x 3,
Treasurer, District Treasurer, Board Member of Project Funds (District), Vocational
Who was your sponsor? David Curry
Current or last job? Accountant currently working
Family? 2 Daughters Lynne and Cath, 3 lovely grandchildren (2 girls, 1 boy)
Pets? Not any more
Pastimes? Rotary, grandchildren,
Do you enjoy playing or watching sport? Yes – AFL (go the Hawks), cricket, rugby, golf.
• Type of music – No I have broad tastes
• Singer/band/orchestra - 60 music (Elvis, Rolling Stones – 60s music) ,
• Movie – All the James Bond movies
• Book – crime books – no favorites
• Piece of Art (if relevant) no
• Restaurant – anything Thai
• Place(s) to go to relax – Noosa or Port Douglas
• Food- curry
Guilty pleasures (if you’re brave enough to share !) red, red wine
Any words of wisdom, (or ignorance) you wish to share with your fellow Rotarians? We get a lot of satisfaction out of serving the community.
A Blast From The Past
^^ Click the link above to read the Club Covid Safe Policy ^^