President Thaya's Message
18 August 2021
My fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary
Strong membership enables our club to do good in our local community and
around the world. A strong membership also raises the public's awareness of
Rotary and increases support for The Rotary Foundation and its programs.
Building membership is a top priority throughout Rotary, from the RI Board and
Rotary coordinators to district leaders. In my Rotary days in Sri Lanka the past
President of Rotary International K.R. Ravindran (aka Ravi) was the District
Governor and I commend his speech on the
'Benefits of Membership' (click) It is also in the
If we want to reverse the decline in membership that many clubs have been
experiencing in the last 10 years, we need to have a cause that engages
our members and communities. With this in mind, our Rotary club created a
Membership Development Committee and Special Projects Committee to focus on
quality members who would make a real difference in our community. After careful
consideration and in line with our strategic plan, we decided to adopt a few new
projects to address some pressing issues in the community.
Our communities were brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic. But now
that the vaccine is becoming available in the NSW, we will be soon regaining our
strength, confidence, and mobility to carry on our daily tasks.
We, the Strathfield Rotarians, have embarked on a few worthwhile projects
despite the lockdown and the prevailing unprecedented pandemic crisis. The
following projects are progressing well:
Preparing indigenous communities for the workforce - Technical and
life-skills Training Program
Youth empowerment initiatives with youth awards and scholarships
amongst the local communities
Global Matching Grant Projects related to two Rotary focus areas:
Disease prevention & treatment and Maternal & child health, including
Covid-19 in rural India and Sri Lanka.
Assisting "Parish Pantry" of St Paul's Church Burwood with their Food
Bank program to meet the increasing demand of the homeless people in the
A social media campaign supporting vaccination in line with the stand
taken by Rotary International.
As part of our Golden Jubilee Celebration of our Club, Strathfield Council
is going to display a plaque this week in the council chambers. It is
another publicity initiative of our club.
Our club members have causes that have merit, validity, purpose, and relevance
in today's context. Currently, our International Director Roy Ellis and I are
exploring the possibilities of assisting Afghanistan with the evolving
humanitarian crisis right now. Rotary Clubs all around the world can
unite together. We cannot do everything but everyone can do something.
Remembering the essence of our organization,
"Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired
individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to
change lives in communities."
Yours in Rotary,