29 July 2020
"One of the great joys of my life is to share
experiences through generations and cultures - when we learn from each
other and make friendships that transcend ages and borders we make the
world a better and more peaceful place."
- RI President Holger Knaack
Last week's guest speaker
Last week we were privileged to enjoy a quite different
guest speaker topic: Art and the art of curating an exhibition. Dr. Lachlan
Warner Curator of The McGlade Gallery at ACU described his last 15 years of
experience and career in curating exhibitions from different parts of world,
from Tibet to Africa to Korea, each one based on the individual country's
cultural icons. Absolutely fascinating to watch and hear about his slides.
Interestingly, some current Archibald prize winners are residents of Strathfield
(Strathfield has talent). In the near future, we hope to have one of our
meetings in the McGlade gallery which is also a part of NSW Regional Galleries
July is nearly gone and I am sure many of us would have thought of and missed
the "Christmas in July" event. Yes, we have a good excuse at the moment. But the
pandemic may not last forever and we will have an opportunity to make up for
PP Peter Smith informs us that slowly but surely student activities were coming
back at Homebush high school and other schools. The BBQ trailer is also now
ready and going in for some sign-writing.
Westfield Local Heroes
You might remember, earlier in the year we had nominated Peter in the Westfield
Local Heroes program for his work that makes a positive impact to the local
community. The Centre Group informs us that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this
has been extended by one month and the community vote will now be held on 25
This Monday, we had another meeting with Father James who oversees the Parish
Pantry at St Paul's Church, Burwood, and made our humble contribution to
replenish the pantry with grocery items, blankets, clothing and other
non-perishables. In these times, it is commendable how he and his team reach out
to people who could use some help.
Michelle Davies, Principal of Chalmers Road School, has invited our
club to be represented on the school P and C Committee. Suggested by Thaya, the
idea was discussed at the time of presentation of a cheque to the school in June
and the concept appreciated. This fills the gap of community representation on
the P & C. Pending the consideration by the Board, Rod will attend the first
meeting on the morning of 3rd August.
Alexey is now implementing an RSVP system in preparation for our in-person
meeting next week, 5th August. We will be asking members to either confirm their
attendance or register an apology. This information will be used by IPP Arie to
confirm numbers with Forte at the golf club.
First in-person meeting
Looking forward to our first in-person meeting after this week. It will go ahead
unless government regulations change. Hope to see you there. Partners and guests
are very welcome. Our Celebration dinner committee informs me that preparations
are in full swing and we eagerly look forward to this wonderful evening.
Yours in Rotary