A Note From The President
PP Mano was a founding member of his club which last year celebrated 30 years service.
During our pre meeting conversation we found out that the temperature in Manila that day was in the low 30s with very high humidity and they had recently had flooding in the city. Manila and much of the country is in lockdown with most people working from home and all the school and university students are doing remote learning. Only essential retail shops are open, so they are in a situation very like our own.
Once the meeting got underway I gave a short summary of our activities. I then handed over to their President Sid de Mesa. They have around 34 members in their club (no women) and are involved in many projects to assist the poor of the area including as mentioned, housing. President Sid is a very young 28 and an entrepreneur in the IT industry. He became involved with Rotary some years ago when he decided he wanted to contibute to the betterment of the poorer people in his country. He has found the Covid 19 restrictions frustrating because he was full of good ideas for projects which involved outdoors and normal socialisation. However he has been able to use his business skills to help their signature project.
Our guest speaker was Orly Bautista, a Software Enginner/Entrepreneur and President of Hive Training Centre and Hivelabs Technoliogies Corp. His presentation was “Rotary Community Corps Thrives Pandemic by Tech Training” – his club’s project this year, which involves upskilling workers by them undertaking Digital Marketing and Web Development courses. The courses take around four weeks of full time study – all of which can be done remotely and by the end of the course it gives the participants the necessary skills for employment in the IT field or to launch an on line business. Each course admits 10 students at a time and costs 15,000 pesos (around $435.00 . The club partners with another organization ANCOP.
Re-Opening Op Shops and Markets COVID Safe.
The following link is for a WorkSafe page regarding industry recommendations regarding workplace safety in relation to COVID. You may want to save this page and review once restrictions ease as it could provide you with further guidance when considering reopening any of your op-shops, markets and even with respect to Club sanctioned gatherings:
Marg George Up Date
Marg had a steroid injection in her back a few days ago. She will go to rehab after a few more days in Knox Private. These are the flowers sent to Marg by the club. She is Facebooking regularly with updates and has many well wishers including all of our club members!
District President’s Meeting
Last Friday evening was a zoom district president’s meeting. The following items were discussed:
Tony Monley elaborated on several items to do with the Council on Resolution.
Ken Miller – talked about the R100 Baton Relay – currently 34 clubs will participate over March, April and May 2021- with the finale being a Picnic In the Park at Jells Park – the day will involve static displays, kites, gnomes and fairies, a huge cake, a golf day, hopefully Puffing Billy – and more. The Whitehorse cluster aims to walk the length of Whitehorse with a baton.
David Alexander – District Foundation Chair – November is Foundation month - he urged clubs to honour their Foundation goals – because there is a risk of reduced funds for grants in three years when that money comes back into use. Since people are saving on petrol, food and bar costs by not attending meetings it has been suggested that more people join the Centurion Club - $100 every year for every Rotarian.
Ian Donald – Centurion Club – Ian talked about the new Centurion towers to be circulated free to any member. The idea is to collect spare change in the tower and when it reaches $100 you have enough to join the Centurion Club. It is hoped that 50% of District 9810 will become members. Kevin Hall is in charge of distributing the centurion towers.
24th October is World Polio Day!
YouWorld Polio Day is a time for Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe to raise awareness about our work to eradicate polio for good. If we stay committed to making progress, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
Join the effort to vaccinate children and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event for your community. In 2019, Rotary members held more than 5,900 events in 136 countries. This year, online events and activities will allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join us. Not sure how to take action for World Polio Day? From virtual event ideas to social media posts and photos, the World Polio Day Toolkit can help you start planning and promoting your activities now. https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day?cid=com_wpd20_20200909_eml_na_mem_tkt_adt_en
Greg King – talked about the Paul Harris Society – Rotarians who donate US$1000 per year. They will hold a virtual lunch on 1st November – free, 12 midday for 1 hour. See advertisement next page for details.
Kehala Vandenberg – talked about Alumni – being people who have been involved in Rotary programs or Rotary sponsorships, and the benefits of re establishing and or maintaining contact with them as potential members.
Daryl Moran – District President Elect - talked about Interact. He urged clubs to select their President Elects and let him know so they can participate in any forthcoming training sessions.
Ken Miller – told us that District 9810 now has a YouTube Channel. It can be accessed on the District Web Site by clicking on Links for Members. This will be very useful for clubs to access interesting videos to show at meetings.
Ever Walked the Camino or Want to?
Active and energetic Rotarian Ron Brooks of RC Forest Hill wants to start a Friends of the Camino Rotary Fellowship.
Ron is starting by gauging the level of interest in Australia and New Zealand. If this is part of your experience or an item on your bucket list, please contact Ron and be part of this new Rotary group. Ronbrooks1942@gmail.com
A Blast From The Past