President Usha's Notes
4 November 2020
"I do it because I can. I can because I want to. I want to
because you said I couldn't."
I am not a rugby tragic or even a rugby fan by a long stretch, but this is the
rugby time and nothing turns our nation more at this time of the year.
The Donation Dollar
week I was lucky to find in my hand the gold coin with a green centre. It
reminded me that Australia has launched the "Donation Dollar", a coin for
charity. Three million of these coins have already been released and more are to
come. With our spirit of generosity, a monthly donation of a Donation Dollar by
every Australian has the potential to raise $300 million annually for those who
need it the most. Very timely with COVID19 pushing many to the brink.
District and RI updates:
The second Webinar in the
‘Climate & Peace Forum’ series will be held on 10 November. There is
an impressive line-up of speakers and if you are interested, please
The district conference on
19-21 March is open for bookings and is expected to be face to face although
there are contingency plans in place for the virtual format. The location is
the Sydney Masonic Centre, an iconic venue within the Sydney CBD.
Due to the uncertainties of COVID19,
RYLA 2021 has been cancelled. The next
RYPEN camp will be on 13-15 August 2021.
The GREAT ROTARY DEBATE 2020
between the Rotary Melbourne and Rotary Club of Sydney is on the evening of
5th November. The topic is "Reversing Climate Change is Mission Possible".
Please see the flyer for more
Recent correspondence from RI draws our attention
Rotary Action Groups (click) and also to celebrate World Interact
Week 2-8 November by sharing our Interact service projects on Facebook.
PDG Gina Growden’s letter
October RDU (click) reminds us of the importance of using the
correct Rotary signature block and RI compliant Logos to ensure a
consistently good public image. The public image team can be contacted for
Back to our club:
Our next three meetings on 4th, 11th and 18th November
are on the same evenings as the State of Origin matches. We will have
shorter meetings and conclude by 8pm to allow
rugby fans time to settle down to enjoy the match. There are interesting
speakers on these evenings with the expectation that we will attend as
We will be inducting our newest member
Ying Ho on the 11th November at our in-person
meeting. Our guest speaker for the evening is Rafaele Jourdy, and the
subject of the talk is "Sound Therapy for the ear & brain vitality”. There
is the option of gathering in front of the big screen after the meeting to
watch the second and perhaps the most exciting of the three matches.
The Pride of Workmanship Award
Committee is working energetically to put up a great show on 25th
November. On this occasion, we will induct our new honorary member,
Dr Fiona Martin, Federal Member for Reid.
The AGM is coming up on
2nd December and it is time to start thinking about what contribution you
would like to make in the coming year.
And finally some real fun and frivolity at our
Christmas party on Friday, 11th December at
Nonna & Co.
A summary of 'Whats on' can be seen from Program Chair
Watson's webpage (click)
Last week and this week
Wednesday’s meeting was well attended as we continued with the theme
of mental health. We heard Dr. Neil Jeyasingam dissect the mental aspects of
Batman and the screen characters associated with him. (Dr Jeyasingam is a
private and public practice and has published widely on issues of mental
health). The mesmerizing talk took us inside Batman’s world where we see his
difficulties forming relationships due to the traumatic loss of his parents
at a young age. In more recent projections though (e.g. Lego Batman), the
pre-1960s image is relieved showing him as learning from friendships and
respecting the values other people have for himself. The discussion of these
characters highlighted how the attitudes and actions of adult life were
impacted by one’s early life. The Making and keeping of connections is seen
as important for good mental health.
on the same yet different path, this week we
hear from Shannon Chin on "Cognitive health and wellbeing". Shannon is the
author of the book "Demystifying Dementia" and the founder of "Fit Minds
Australia". Shannon specialises in helping people build healthy brain
function using Cognitive Stimulation Therapy to protect against cognitive