A Note From The President
It’s been a quiet week in Rotary with no meeting on Tuesday due to the Melbourne Cup, a sad affair with no crowds, and the death of another horse on the track. However it doesn’t mean things are not happening behind the scenes and from Bob McKenzie’s reports the Op Shop is continuing to boom. Don’t forget they not only sell second hand goods but recycle batteries, bottle tops and bread tags, a few less plastic things in our environment. That’s true sustainability.
We are all waiting to hear what is said by Daniel Andrews this weekend to see if there might be a way we can start our markets. The reports this week of no new cases or deaths is such a relief and we are looking forward to some months relative normalcy hoping that people are sensible and keep the situation under control. We are excited to be able to meet again face to face next Tuesday at Natalies – there will be no guest speaker as we catch up on the latest from everyone and of course full Covid 19 safety mesures will be in place. We will be no more than 20 people.
I have also been advised there will be no serving of alcohol this Tuesday as Natalie’s new liquor licence does not come into affect until they day after. So it will be soft drinks for all.
Good news to hear Marg George is now home after her operation and she is recovering with no rehab needed. A relief for Marg and her family and all of her friends.
During the week there were frantic emails going between District and clubs about the availablity of grant money made available to Rotary at the last minute by the National Australia Day Council to be used for functions on Australia Day – a considerable amount. However there was a time limit and restrictions attached making it difficult for individual clubs to access. The upshot of it is that Templestowe Club have put in for a grant to run a function on Australia Day next year (Tuesday 26th January) – either a BBQ or afternoon tea at the Manningham council chambers precinct – all Covid Safe. Templestowe were looking for support from the Rotary Cluster and we agreed to assist with this. There is little detail at present but since it will not clash with any other activities we thought it would be a beneficial thing to be involved with. More about this soon.
Our planning commiteee met for the last time on Thursday by Zoom to complete the Strategic Plan which will be sent out to members again shortly. It is expected that it will be presented formally to the club on 17th November for a show of hands then the club has a blueprint to work towards. It has been a most worthwhile experience and I thank all the people involved – Gavin Birch, Bob Fry, Ian Thomlinson and Kevin Hall for their unfailing support, ideas and motivation to get the job done. It is expected that strategic planning will become part of club culture in the future.
Not much else to report other than Bob McKenzie’s tomatoes are very advanced compared with ours! Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday.
Spotlight On - George Guiver
How long in Rotary? 22 years; 3 clubs
Doncaster Sunrise, Donvale and Warrandyte Donvale
What positions have you held?
Director: Club Service, Youth, Community, International and Vocational
District: NYSF; Save Water, Save Lives (Kiribati)
Who was your sponsor? John Boylett, RC of Doncaster Sunrise
Current or last job? Manager Buildings and Facilities Management
Family? Wife Liz, three married sons, 2 grand children
Pets? Samoyed dog
Pastimes? Music; Voluntary/Community work
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:
A Blast From The Past
Australia Day Celebrations 2011 - Dromana
Club Covid Safe Protocol - Meetings
If you’re consuming food or drink and seated at your table you can take off your mask. The rest of the time it should be on. If you go to take a call, want to use the bathroom or are paying for the meal, your mask should be on.
• All Victorians have to wear a fitted face mask when leaving home unless they have an exemption. Remember to avoid touching your face whilst wearing a mask, wash reusable cloth masks after every use and replace your mask if it begins to fray or gets dirty. Will restaurants clean the table after every customer?
• All venues are required to clean tables after every service. This is on top of the frequent cleaning and disinfection of regularly-touched surfaces, shared spaces and toilets and bathrooms. What about shared condiments, communal water bottle or drum of cutlery?
• The government's guidelines encourage restaurants and cafes to replace high-touch communal items with single-use options where possible, but this isn’t compulsory.
• Restaurants may swap out shared condiments for single sachets and communal water bottles for individual-use glasses, depending on whether they take on this advice. If reusable bottles and cutlery are used, they should be removed and washed after each seating.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Club Policy
Policy Brief & Purpose
The Rotary Club of Warrandyte Donvale (Inc) (further to be known in this document as the “Club”) policy includes the measures we are actively taking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. All Members, Partners, Volunteers and Guests are kindly requested to follow all these rules diligently, to sustain a healthy and safe Club Environment in this exceptional time. It’s important that we all respond responsibly and transparently to these health precautions.
We assure you that we will always treat your private health and personal data with high confidentiality and sensitivity.
This Coronavirus (COVID-19) Club policy is susceptible to changes with the introduction of additional Governmental guidelines. If so, we will update you as soon as possible by email and by posting notices on the Staff Notice Board.
This Coronavirus (COVID-19) Club policy applies to all of our Members, Partners, Volunteers and Visitors who physically attend our Club Meetings and activities. We strongly recommend to other Rotary Clubs Members to read through this action plan as well, to ensure we collectively and uniformly respond to this challenge.
This Coronavirus (COVID-19) Club policy applies to all of the Club activities but is not limited to:
• Club Meetings
• Conducting Business at the Warrandyte Rotary Op Shop
• Conducting Business at the Tunstall Square Market
• Conducting Business at the Riverside Market
• Conducting Business at other venues or events as approved by the Club Board
Here, we outline the required actions that should take place to protect our Members, Partners, Volunteers and Visitors themselves and their Families from a potential coronavirus infection.
It is highly recommended that ALL Members, Partners, Volunteers and Club Visitors have the COVIDSafe App installed on their Mobile Phone.
At all times Members, Partners, Volunteers and Club Visitors are reminded of the importance of maintaining a physical distance, and keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
At all times Members, Partners, Volunteers and Club Visitors are reminded of the importance of practicing good hygiene.
The Club will strictly comply to all Federal, State and Local requirements regarding Club Meetings, Retail Shop regulations and all Public Events held in the name of The Rotary Club of Warrandyte Donvale.
Sick leave arrangements:
If you have cold symptoms, such as cough/sneezing/fever, or feel poorly, request and apology from the Club activity and stay at home.
If you have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you can return to the Club activities only after you’ve fully recovered, with a doctor’s note confirming your recovery.
General Hygiene Rules:
Wash your hands after using the toilet, before eating, and if you cough/sneeze into your hands (follow the 20-second hand-washing rule). You can also use the sanitizers you’ll find around the Club or activity.
Cough/sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow. If you use a tissue, discard it properly and clean/sanitize your hands immediately. Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent from getting infected.
If you find yourself coughing/sneezing on a regular basis, avoid close physical contact with your Co-members and Co-volunteers and take extra precautionary measures (such as requesting leave of absence).
Rotary Club Activities Arrangements:
If you are feeling ill, please stay at home.
If you have recently returned from areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases (based on CDC announcements), we’ll ask you remain at home for 14 calendar days, and return to the Rotary Event or activity only if you are fully asymptomatic with a doctor’s note confirming your status. You will also be asked not to come into physical contact with any colleagues during this time.
If you’ve been in close contact with someone infected by COVID-19, with high chances of being infected yourself, you are to stay at home and can return to the Rotary Event or activity only if you are fully asymptomatic with a doctor’s note confirming your status. You will also be asked not to come into physical contact with any colleagues during this time.
If you’re a parent and you have to stay at home with your children, please stay at home. Follow up with your Manager to make arrangements and set expectations.
If you need to provide care to a family member infected by COVID-19, stay at home. You’ll only be permitted to return to the office 14 calendar days after your family member has fully recovered, provided that you’re asymptomatic or you have a doctor’s note confirming your status. You will also be asked not to come into physical contact with any colleagues during this time.
All Club Meetings or events – as decided by the Board – can be cancelled/postponed/changed until further notice.
If you normally commute to the Rotary Event by public transportation, and do not have any other alternatives, you must wear a mask as a precaution.
If you are planning to travel voluntarily to a high-risk area or country with increased COVID-19 cases, you will be asked to stay at home for 14 calendar days on your return, and can return to the Rotary Event or Activity only if you are fully asymptomatic with a doctor’s note confirming your status. You will also be asked not to come into physical contact with any colleagues during this time.
Club Meeting Arrangements
The following arrangements will be undertaken for Club Meetings:
• Club Meetings will be held at Natalie’s Restaurant, 669 Maroondah Hwy Mitcham or as the Club Board directs.
• Attendance will be limited to Club Members only, and officially invited Guests until the Board decides otherwise.
• Attendance numbers will be regulated to the room size (as designated by the Management of Natalie’s), and the allowable number of Diners, as set by Federal, State or Local Governments from time to time.
• Social distancing rules will apply to all in attendance, when not sitting at the dining tables.
• Husband and wife Members can sit together without Social distancing rules applying.
• Four tables to be provided for the following as a minimum:
Table 1 Hand Sanitizer Bottle and attendance sheet
Table 2 Meal selection and ordering
Table 3 Payment of Meal by EFTPOS Machine
Table 4 Dinner Badge Box.
• Dining tables to be spaced according to Federal, State or Local Government Laws.
• Members must use their own pens when signing in.
• Members will not to share cutlery, plates or glasses.