My fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
Living during a pandemic for the past twenty months has been challenging and
at times uncertain. However, this moment has also propelled us to adopt
methods that had existed, but were not as widely used until now, to stay
engaged, undertake work and move forward. This included working remotely,
studying online, having meetings online and even serving our community
The Rotary Club of Strathfield participates in many
local and overseas projects by providing
manpower, materials or funds. We do this because of the satisfaction we get
from serving others and embracing humanity. Quoting our Rotary International
President, Shekhar Mehta, "Service is the rent I
pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of
We at the Rotary Club of Strathfield have just completed one month of our
new year - 2021-22. Although most of our areas are under strict lockdown, we
have had great attendance for our weekly zoom meetings
with an average attendance of 28 members. Some members are going to
be recognized for their 100% attendance at our next meeting. Our
Club Service Director Arie Pappas will
choose one lucky winner for a special price.
At the Community Service front, Director
Rick Vosila has already commenced a few projects, such as:
Cool room project for the St Paul's Church, Burwood Parish Pantry
COVID-19 vaccination promotion program via social media
GoFundMe online fundraising program for humanitarian projects
Under the leadership of International Service
Director Roy Ellis, we are happy to announce that we have commenced working
on a Global Grant Project. It will be under two Rotary International focus
areas, "Disease Prevention & Treatment" and "Maternal & Child Health".
Our Vocational Service Director, Alexey
Prokopenko, has been very busy with many projects and programs. He has
already started working on the details of our new project, the IT Training
Program for Indigenous Community and our annual event, the Police Officers
Ying Ho, our Youth Service Director, has
already done much groundwork for the new year to continue with the great
work done by our legendary late Peter Smith. Our 'Working with Children
Check' (WWCC) specialist, Ed Dunlop, has had a great response from our
members over the past 2 weeks with a few renewals and new checks, and our
compliance has gone up. They were great results to see that 70% of the club
and 100 % of our board are now WWCC compliant.
Our gratitude to all the members for their active participation and
engagement. Our board members constantly work and lead our club despite all
the unprecedented pandemics. Let's think about the various challenges our
club faces to remain relevant to the community and to our members and what
strategies and initiatives we need to embrace to address those issues.
Tough times don't last. Tough people do.
Yours in Rotary,