President Usha's Notes
2 September 2020
Spring: a renewal
We are already into spring. With the arrival of warm weather and longer days, I
found the time to explore and catch up with the recent issues of our Rotary
publications and it was a very pleasant surprise. Such a wealth of stories
relevant to the contemporary environment. Here are a few that I recommend
shutdowns, border closures and social distancing all
had to look at their business models and come up with solutions to trade
profitably in the new environment. What about Rotary"? asks Euan
Miller with the finger on the pulse.
Read more (click)
the August issue of The Rotarian, Vivek Murthy, talks about his book:
Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.
When he became America’s 19th U.S. Surgeon General (2014-17), he went on a
listening tour and loneliness was a recurring theme brought to his
attention. In the conversation, he notes: "What is
powerful about organizations like Rotary is that they are rooted in service.
Service shifts our attention from ourselves, where it increasingly is
focused when we feel lonely, to other people."
that often comes up for discussion is how Rotary can bring generations to
together through meetings and projects. In the
July issue of The Rotarian (click), Diana Schoberg discusses how the
need to connect with different age groups is woven into our genes.
"Both the younger and older people thrive when they
work together with a common purpose — something Rotarians know a lot about",
says Marc Freedman, a longevity expert and founder of Encore.org, a
non-profit organisation focused on bridging generational divides.
Back to our club activities, last Saturday, I enjoyed the experience of
interviewing the remaining few NYSF students who were unable to attend
interviews in person, in a virtual arrangement. We completed the last of the
NYSF interviews, once again in a perfectly organised setting by the district
NYSF group. Just another example of Rotarians throwing themselves into service
for humanity and the young.
Celebrations event (click) is only 10 days away. The organising committee
assures me a grand evening on 12th September. I have said that last week and the
week before, so it must be true. There are only a few seats left, so time to
reserve your seats (click)
if you have not already done so by now.
Coming Monday is our Board meeting and members are invited to propose items for
discussion at the meeting. Some of the items successfully ticked of the agenda
now are the
weekly raffle (click) and our successful format of
meetings (click) for now.
Our Guest Speakers
Wednesday, we heard from Maria Calibo-Sales about the use of innovative
technology and design products such as potable water filters to help people
facing natural disasters. This week, we will hear from Jack Britton, manager of
customer experience on what is new at the Strathfield library. The library has
recently opened to the public having been closed for renovations for some time.
Yours in Rotary