President Usha's Notes
2 December 2020
"The best Christmas gift is to realise how much we already
Last week, we hosted what was described as one of the best "Pride of
Workmanship Awards". Having organised a few in recent years, I can attest to
that. A big thanks for your contribution and attendance in bringing together
this wonderful night, the great organisation, the calm flow, the table program,
the speakers, the raffle, the induction, the food, the seating, the award
winners, the awards, the citations, the shield, the photography and last but not
the least, the ambience. There were over 100 people in attendance. In the
prevailing climate, it was a great feat. At moments like this, we can all be
proud of being a member of the Rotary Club of Strathfield. I commend the
leadership of Thaya Ponniah and Jan Barrett and the committee (Peter van der
Sleesen, Rod McDougall, Janelle Watson, Keith Byrn) for organising this in
On this busy evening, we had the pleasure of inducting to our club, Dr Fiona
Martin MP, Federal Member for Reid. An excellent introduction from Dimitry
was followed by inspiring words from Fiona about how her work embodies the
ideals of Rotary as well. We look forward to more interaction with her through
our work and meetings.
We are halfway through this year and the time has come to identify the carriers
of responsibility for the next Rotary year. At tonight's AGM, chaired by our
own PDG David Croft, we look forward to the introduction of the new Board
for 2021/22 under the capable leadership of President-elect Thaya Ponniah. Let
us all be there to support Thaya and his team.
The year ends with our Christmas party for members at one of our
favourite venues Nonna & Co. on Friday, 11th December.
Planning is underway for an evening of great fun and giving.
Coming in the new year, we will meet again mid January for our exciting Croquet
game at the Croquet Club and on March 13th we look forward to the celebration of
our 50th Anniversary.
We are now coming into the summer holiday break. For me and Dinesh, this has
always been a time to catch up on reading, if not travelling, and the
inevitable long drawn discussions and analysis of the books we read. This year I
have been busy and there is a long list to catch up on.
Looks like this will be the final bulletin for 2020. So I take this opportunity
to wish you and your family a very relaxed and enjoyable break and a very Merry
Christmas. Have fun with family and friends and keep safe by following the rules
Lastly, a special thanks to many members who had key roles in the running
of the club and played their part extremely well to make this half year
meaningful for all of us. Look forward to working with you in the same spirit
and creating the same magic in the second half of the year.