President Usha's Notes
7 October 2020
Think about it
"The thoughts of others are as necessary to one's
mental well-being as food is necessary to one's physical well-being"
Rotary founder Paul Harris, 1928
So in keeping with the spirit of these words, we are lucky to hear from speakers
with interesting, contemporary and meaningful thoughts at our Rotary meetings.
Speaker Ying Ho provided a demonstration of how
practicing music can positively impact the lives of people, increase IQ and also
overcome certain disabilities to lead a more worthwhile life.
Not only thoughtful but joyful meetings are also an
integral part of Rotary life. We are privileged to have our
Sergeant Nick Hamilton-Kane
who has us constantly guessing not often correctly, what will be served next.
week was a great game of family feud where each dinner table made up a Rotary
And to add more spice to the evening, we have
PP Peter Manenti running the smoothest raffle all
on his own. Such efforts are not only well appreciated by members and guests,
but also help us to raise money.
Bradley Ayres is currently convalescing in
Hospital. On Sunday, he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Concord
Hospital, where he is under good care. I have been in touch with him and he is
recovering well. We wish him an early recovery and return home. Our thoughts are
with his family Cheryl and Madeline.
It looks like we will miss out on Christmas Carols as we missed out on our
Strathfield Spring Fair. In the absence of an outdoor event, Strathfield Council
is producing a video for Christmas Carols this year. Rotary Strathfield is
invited to contribute a Christmas Carols message to this video which will be
filmed inside the Town Hall later this month. Stay tuned for updates.
The Ashfield Bunnings BBQ has returned with a bang and we are one of the early
ones to benefit from this return. PP Allan Teale and his team will be there in
the early hours of 11th October tackling the rush. If you are not a volunteer,
it may be a good time to find that pending shopping list for Bunnings and enjoy
a sausage sizzle with the team.
We have a board meeting coming up on Monday and secretary Dimitry Palmer will be
delighted to add any items for discussion.
Rotary reconnect week
This is 2020 Rotary reconnect week and this is what RI has to say: "This week
Rotarians invite former Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotary
Scholars, Youth Exchange students, and other Rotary program alumni to renew
their connection to Rotary. Past program participants who have lost their active
connection to Rotary can refresh their ties by visiting club meetings, helping
with projects, and engaging online. By doing so, they can experience again how
Rotary reshapes lives locally and globally".
I ask my club members to find an old photo or event, create a post on social
media (tag: #RotaryReconnect) or forward to PP Raymond Mccluskie for FB. Perhaps
you may just find the time to renew old Rotary Connections.
World Celebration Days
The month of October has many important days including
World Mental Health Day. On this day or any time during October, we help
Lift the Lid on Mental Illness by contributing to mental health research. This
research goes towards helping the one in five Australians affected by
depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.
Donations are tax deductible.
And of course we have our World Polio
day also in October. Rotary has used our collective strength to defeat
this devastating disease in almost every part of the world. This year, the WHO’s
African region was certified free of wild poliovirus – showing that eradication
is possible even in difficult circumstances.
This week, we will hear from Danijela Prahovic on
Improving the life skills of young people via technology, a contemporary and
important topic affecting the lives of our young. I hope you will all join me in
this meeting to hear from Danijela.
Making our Club Great
Lastly, I take this opportunity to thank all club members for being together in
our club and for all your participation and contribution in different ways as we
can. We appreciate each other’s presence and company and that is what makes our
You may have noticed our
Bulletin this week is missing some features. With Bradley's return the
Bulletin will be restored to its original glory.
Look forward to seeing you all.