President Thaya's Message
14 July 2021
My Fellow Rotarians,
We are all still feeling down and devastated by
Peter's demise. It was good to have spent the whole of last week bidding
farewell to Peter. The best tribute we can pay Peter is to continue with his
dream of helping others without losing the momentum he created.
One of the key milestones of last year was developing a comprehensive
Strategic Plan. In short, we developed a few key characteristics for our
1. Truly, DIVERSE MEMBERSHIP
2. A strong and sustainable FINANCIAL BASE
3. A powerful FUNDRAISING ENGINE
4. A genuine, warm and satisfying FRIENDSHIP
5. A PILLAR OF SERVICE LEADERSHIP in our community
6. A MODERN CLUB, leveraging technology to do good
Our club is ready to execute the Strategic Plan over
the period of the next 3 years and our President-elect, Secretary and
myself will be part of the President's Train for this purpose.
What inspires me is the generous spirit of our Rotarians. Whatever the
project is, be it a Foodbank for the homeless, a publicity initiative
amongst the locals, rehabilitating the war victims in Sri Lanka,
educating school kids in Colombia - our Rotarians contribute very
generously - not only with finance but with time, talent and touch as
We have a great Board for this year, who will take the lead in
implementing our Strategic Plan. Thank you, my friends, for stepping out
- however busy you all are. We have a few experienced past presidents -
and we have a few capable future presidents. We also have prospective
district governors on our board.
Our Vocational Service
Director will be Alexey Prokopenko who has plans to work
with the indigenous community this year, in addition to our normal
is Rod McDougal - Rod is very tight with Rotary money but very
liberal with his time and efforts for our club. As you all know, he
is into everything related to all club matters and careful on how
money is spent. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rod
for all his efforts in arranging Peter's funeral. As you all know,
Rod is a very resourceful and a great asset to our club, especially
during difficult times.
will be Nick Hamilton Kane - our legal eagle who just completed as
an excellent sergeant at arms. He will be
part of the President's Train in executing our
will be Andrew Aravanis. A busy corporate leader, but his heart is
to serve people, in spite of his busy schedule. And like
Secretary ,Nick, Andrew will also be
part of the President's Train in executing our strategic plan
Our Club Service
Director is Arie Pappas - the man who introduced me to the
Rotary Club of Strathfield and the man who led our club to achieve 'Club of the Year' last year.
Our Community Service
Director will be Assistant Governor Rick Vosila. Despite being busy,
Rick has agreed to lead community service and introduce some
Service Director is Roy Ellis. When I asked Roy to join
my board, initially he refused, quoting his age. But after
considering it, he accepted the position happily and confidently. He
is an inspiration for all of us.
Our Immediate Past
President is Usha Garg. Usha you led our club well during
this uncertain time with Covid-19. Thank you. I would also like to
thank her outgoing Board for the excellent job our club did under
their guidance. We innovated new programs like the International
Women's Day celebration and responded to the worst pandemic calamity
in India with our Indian Covid Relief Appeal. These are just a
couple of highlights of your year.
Our Youth Service
Director will be our energetic Ying Ho. Ying brings many diverse
talents into the club and to the board - as a musician, music
teacher, young lady member and a relatively new Rotarian.
My fellow Rotarians and FRIENDS OF ROTARY - as your new president, I
assure you that I will work for a cause, not for applause; I will lead our
team to impact, not to impress; we won't strive to make our presence
noticed, just make our absence felt. We have great challenges and great
LET'S DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO BE THE CATALYST BETWEEN THE HAVES AND THE
HAVE-NOTS. And with your help, we will make this year a great one.
Yours in Rotary,