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President Thaya's Message

2 March 2022



My fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary,

Greetings from Colombo, Sri Lanka!

As many of you know, I am in Colombo right now with my mother, who has some health challenges due to old age.  Many thanks to our Rotary family for all your kind and best wishes and prayers.

Last week, at the Rotary Club of Strathfield, we celebrated Rotary's 107th birthday. For 107 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and traditions stand. The Four-Way Test, the Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.

We've identified four priorities that are the stepping stones to helping Rotary realize its new vision and serve as the foundation for Rotary's new action plan. They will increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.

It is also prudent to remind ourselves how we direct our efforts to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:

                      Promoting peace

                      Fighting disease

                      Providing safe drinking water

                      Saving mothers and children

                      Supporting education

                      Growing local economies

                      Protecting the environment

We had great fellowship last week with dinner together with our partners. Rotary Fellowships are for diverse members that share a common passion and purpose. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance our Rotary experience.

I would like to thank our Club Service Director, Arie, and the ever willing to help Rod McDougal for organising our first monthly social evening at the Da Franco Restaurant in Concord, with excellent seafood. Finally, I also would like to thank all our members for being part of an excellent club in both great service and fulfilled fellowship.

"This is a changing world, and we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again". -  Paul Harris


Rotary Service to You,


Thaya Ponnia 

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