President Usha's Notes
19 August 2020
does not seem like a time of great optimism, but it must be. Long before
Rotary was started the world dealt with great crises that tested
humankind's ability to progress and endure. In this age of Rotary, the
world has faced many more catastrophes; however we have survived, and
every step of the way Rotary has helped the world heal. ... "
- RI President Holger Knaack
Rotary is changing!
Jennifer Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of
Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, will be the first woman to be the Rotary
International President in 2022-23, groundbreaking in its 115 year history. A
current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jennifer has been a Rotarian since 1997 and
has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee
chair, moderator and District Governor.
The Board met on Monday the 10th August and some decisions are discussed here.
The Awards events have been postponed to late October and November and will be
subject to government regulations in force at the time. A club banner will be
prepared for our 50th celebration year and would be on display at our meetings
and events. Alexey is co-ordinating ideas for the banner and would be happy to
receive your inputs. The request for an international notional partner from the
Rotary Club of Bhiwadi, India was approved and formalities are being completed.
(More information in the
bulletin). A letter of thanks was received from the
Rotary club of Wellington for our contributions toward drought relief and this
has been much appreciated by the club.
Some time ago, our AG Angela Bradley had asked clubs to nominate a member as the
environment and sustainability representative. I am glad to inform that PP Allan
Teale has kindly volunteered for this role. Very appropriate for someone who has
many years of experience in Rotary and a keen interest in climate change issues.
Like me, many of us are missing the "Rotary Raffle" and it is time to resurrect
it. One way, as I proposed in the last meeting to avoid handling money and
tickets is to transfer the money for many weeks together into the club account
and then you become part of every raffle, whether attending or not.
Preparations are in full swing for our Club Celebrations (changeover) dinner on
12th September. Contributions towards raffle prizes would be appreciated by the
Rotary Club of Fusagasuga
With pleasant memories of our last joint meeting with the
Rotary Club of Fusagasuga, we will soon be organising a reciprocal virtual meeting with them. A
minor barrier is the time difference, our meeting time is their best sleep time,
i.e. 4am. SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY HERE YES OR NO?
Good news ! Alexey has qualified to be our back up photographer. However I can
not yet confirm if he is our back up story writer as well. May need a lesson or
two from PP Raymond McCluskie.
With the progressive re-design of "My Rotary" continuing, many of us have been
struggling to get information. There is one person in our club who is constantly
working behind the scenes to keep our club information updated on this
complicated system. Often this can be tedious, especially at the start of new
rotary year. Thanks to PP Rod McDougall for keeping the wheels turning. Thanks
also for the patience with the endless phone calls and correspondence. Diana
Ibanez of SEC has appreciated your email providing feedback on the good food and
good ambience at the last meeting and she looks forward to having more guests
attending in the weeks ahead.
Last week we were privileged to hear from Father James Collins. An informative
and emotional talk on how he and Rosemary King have been able to help and
provide for many of those to whom life has not been so kind. Starting in a small
way, now they are reaching out to many people in need in different ways. We are
thankful to him for giving us the time and for all the good work they do. More
about this in the
This week we look forward to hearing from our own members Dr. Prabhat Sinha and
Chris Virgona on contemporary issues and working in COVID-19 times. This should
no doubt lead to an interesting discussion.
Our first in-person meeting a fortnight ago was enjoyed and appreciated by all
who attended. The earlier fears and reservations were put to rest once we were
all there. I look forward to a bigger group this evening. Our rsvp system worked
well and will continue for all in-person meetings. Apologies are also helpful
Yours in Rotary