President Usha's Notes
16 September 2020
I can be sesquipedalian at times but definitely not given to rodomontade. So
when I say, this week we had a wonderful Celebration Dinner, it is not far from
the truth. The event was perhaps named appropriately considering the numerous
awards and prizes given out.
Around 80 people attended the evening. Near perfect ambience, melodious music,
delectable food and a review of IPP Arie's year. Shared by many special guests,
including our Federal and State MPs, our councillors, past and present District
Governors, Rotarians and friends, among others.
PP Rick Vosila
our MC for the evening; one of the highlights of the program. His injection of
fun set the tone perfectly and kept the energy in the room upbeat, making the
long drawn formalities a lot more enjoyable for the audience.
IPDG Di North OAM whose attendance always brightens any occasion presented to
us, the Rotary Club of Strathfield:
No doubt the committee members (Raymond, Rod, Trudy, Roy, Thaya and Arie) worked
together to make it a success, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the
special affinity of the Trudy-Roy duo and how wonderfully they managed the
raffle to raise over $2000 for Concord hospital.
Photographs (click) of the evening
were taken Rotarian Ted Mlynarz. Ted is a
past president of Liverpool West and a friend of our Trudy Ho. Ted
volunteered to be the photographer at the Celebration Dinner.
(read IPP Arie's full report for more detail on the Celebration Dinner)
Paul Harris Fellows
Having watched their quiet consistent contributions over time, I commend
Rotarians Andrew Aravanis and Gulian Vaccari for being named Paul Harris
However somewhere in the busy evening proceedings, came my happiest moment, when
I had the chance to share a few words with Rotarian Roy Ellis about his major
donor recognition and being named a Paul Harris Fellow. I wish him good health
into the future.
For the first time since assuming the presidency in July, I was able, in an open
setting, to present my thoughts and ideas about the current year to members,
partners and friends of the club, and to present the
(click). Thanks to the
members of the board who played along beautifully with the spirit of the
evening. I hope the humour did not shock too many people.
While fun and fellowship is an important part of Rotary gatherings, it is also a
good time to reflect on the words of Paul Harris (RI Convention, 1914, Houston
Texas (click)) below:
"If Rotary ceases to be a responsibility and becomes a mere relaxation or past
time, its usefulness with cease. Whatever Rotary means to us, to the world it
will be known by the result it achieves."
While we had the pleasure of the company of DG Warwick last Saturday, we did not
get to hear a great deal from him. This coming Wednesday, we will hear from him
and also get a chance to have some discussion.
Yours in Rotary