15 July 2020
Over the last two weeks, we
broadly shared our vision, goals and programs for this year, with a focus on the
current Rotary International theme Rotary Opens Opportunities.
In this pandemic time, with
much uncertainty, we will continue to endeavour towards
At the end of
20-21 Rotary Year notwithstanding
the pandemic conditions, we will be:
A vibrant club
very attractive to new members
the community and by the local government.
excellent membership and public relations
interesting weekly meetings with good attendance
achievements, having contributed towards our special service projects
Supported by a smooth
administration, I foresee our members working consistently with our traditional
projects and at the same time creating new exciting opportunities for raising
funds and having fun, Some of these are listed below:
1. In keeping with
contemporary ideals, I see us establishing edible
produce gardens in all our primary schools in Strathfield.
Blessed with a dozen junior schools in our community, it is imperative to
initiate/encourage in young children close contact with agricultural
principles, the joy of producing our own food, the connection with the soil
and an understanding of sustainability. This learning becomes more relevant
in the current context where major food shortages are expected around the
world in the coming days as a fallout of the pandemic among other factors.
2. A major focus this year
is on our completing 50 years and a celebration
appropriate and deserving of this important event.
3. Our continued
dedication to Concord Hospital, which I
expect to be a generous beneficiary of our funds raised.
There are many more
new opportunities discussed by the Directors
in the assembly last week, such as the suggestion of a fast food truck evening
at Bressington Park, redesigning our website, developing a longer term strategic
plan, more collaboration overseas, and many more.
Here one may ask what exactly
is an assembly in Rotary? Well I failed to
find an exact definition, but in our Club, it is seen as an opportunity for the
Board and the members to outline and brainstorm programs and activities for the
coming year, in the light of the clubs strengths and weaknesses. Luckily, the
tradition was maintained. I thank you all for the healthy discussions and
supporting the goals for the coming year. The slides presented by the individual
directors and committee chairs are available as a
Thanks to our
program managers Nick and Janelle, we have
some interesting speakers lined up for the next few weeks. Beginning with Tony
Benner, a communication specialist, whose will speak this Wednesday on "From the
Outside, Looking In". I am looking forward to Tony's talk and hope you are too.
On Wednesday, 5th August, we
start our first in-person meeting at the Strathfield Golf Club. This will be
followed by a virtual meeting on the following Wednesday and the
pattern of alternate meetings will continue
for two months, then reviewed.
Yours in Rotary