President Usha's Notes
18 November 2020
"If you want to get involved
but not entangled, volunteering is a powerful tool. You should make use of
it, to make activity a tool for your liberation."
by Sadhguru, Isha Foundation
With the passing of time, we are
learning to live with COVID19, relaxing our perception or real sense of
agoraphobia and increasing our participation in meetings and committees.
Complying with the rules of engagement such as safe distancing and hand
sanitization allows us to enjoy freedom and activities and is also necessary for
the greater good.
A superb eventful, fun and
fellowship meeting last week regardless of cut in time. Remembrance Day
service with hand knitted red poppies from Rtn. Janice Barrett, inducting our
first musician Rtn. Ying Ho, a rapid Q &A session with President-elect and some
tough brain teasers with our sergeant.
The 50th Anniversary
committee has announced the date as 13th March 2021, so please lock the date in
your calendar. Committee Chair PP Roger Vince is busy with the preparations but
is always open to ideas and discussions.
SGHS Pink Stumps BBQ fundraiser
coming up on 19th November and Rtn. Chris Virgona and IPP Arie Pappas have
volunteered to manage this BBQ.
The Pride of Workmanship Awards
Committee is diligently working away to put out a great show on Wednesday 25th
November evening. Registrations are open and bookings can be made easily through
Humanitix link or by paying into the club account. On this evening, we will
also induct our new honorary member, Dr Fiona Martin, Federal Member for
Looking forward to our AGM on 2nd
December and the introduction of Board members for 2021/22. This is the time
to think what contribution(s) you would like to make in the coming year.
The year ends with our
Christmas party at one of our favourite venue Nonna & Co. on Friday, 11th
December. What is the committee up to? Why not find out!
Have you visited out
District home page recently? I draw your attention to the
Rotary Snippets. For example, District
Public Image Director Cathy Mason believes a website is a window to club and has
compiled a great Snippet No.2 on maintaining/updating the website. I must admit
though, I have a weakness for our website as I know the information is up to
date and is easy to find.
"Disease detectives: In a
public health crisis, contact tracers are on the case"
is the title of a timely article in the October Rotary Magazine. Ghastly
epidemics like Ebola have been managed through contact tracing. The article goes
back to 1937 when the then-U.S. Surgeon General Thomas Parran wrote a book
describing contact tracing, the first documented history of this practice. Since
then, we have come a long way and are witnessing how successfully this has been
combat the spread of COVID19.
Back in our 2nd September
bulletin, I talked about an interview with Dr. Vivek Murthy's in "the
conversation", a regular column in the Rotarian, where he noted, "What
is powerful about organizations like Rotary is that they are rooted in service.
Service shifts our attention from ourselves, where it increasingly is focused
when we feel lonely, to other people.” Why do I mention this? After a 3
year hiatus (2017-19), Dr. Vivek Murthy has been selected by President-elect Joe
Biden to head his COVID-19 team.
At this week's virtual meeting,
we have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Janette Vardy about the Sydney Cancer
Survivorship Centre at Concord Hospital. Look forward to her talk. Our meeting
will once again close early at 8.00pm to allow our rugby league fans to enjoy
the State of Origin match.