President Thaya's Message
28 July 2021
My fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary
smile", and it has been described
as "smiling with the eyes."
When I am out in public, I always try to smile at others. It's my way of
reaching out to people who might need to see a friendly face. Most of the
time, I get a genuine smile in return. But during this time when I am
mandated to wear a facemask, I realised that people could no longer see my
mouth, thus no one could see my smile. It is sad, but I'm not going to stop.
Maybe they'll see in my eyes that I'm smiling. There's actually a bit of
science behind that idea. The muscles from the corners of the mouth and the
ones that make the eyes crinkle can work in tandem. It's called a
'Baby Steps' strategy
What am I trying to say here? We started this Rotary year with the lockdown
and thought we would wait for some time to get our plans implemented. We
developed our comprehensive strategic plan last year and thereafter prepared
our strategic goals for this year. We also spent the last few weeks
preparing our strategic implementation schedule. And now - whether there is
lockdown or not - we have decided to execute our plans one by one and step
by step. We are not going to wait for the pandemic to be over. In other
words, although we can't show our mouths when smiling - we are going to
smile with our eyes.
Rotary and COVID-19
COVID-19 has definitely brought the word "perspective" to the forefront for
us all. Across Rotary's global network of clubs and its members, COVID-19
has placed us all in unprecedented territory. Far from life as normal, far
from business as normal. Members and leaders at all levels of our
organization are faced with decisions they have never believed they would
encounter, and they are asking for guidance on how to deal with this global
pandemic with regards to Rotary. As most of you will agree, vaccination is
one of the ways to minimise the impact of this deadly Delta variant. In line
with the stand taken by Rotary International which was also supported by our
Rotary District - we, at the Rotary Club of Strathfield, are embarking on a
project to use social media to campaign for the vaccination. Please refer to
the Rotary International Publication regarding
Rotary and the coronavirus impact (click)
What is our Club doing?
We have had very lively weekly Zoom meetings this month with interesting and
informative guest speakers. Members' attendance was relatively high, and
their engagement and enthusiasm was infectious. Whilst spending some time
thinking of the opportunities, not just the challenges, we have already
started working on a few programs. I have summarised a few activities below
for the member's information
With the lengthy and productive board
meeting on 12 July 21, we have all been busy planning our projects and
events for the year.
Treasurer Rod, President-elect Andrew and I are working on new formats
and templates to plan and perform well financially.
A few board members are already applying for district grants.
Secretary Nick is getting ready for our second board meeting on the 2nd
of August 21.
We have already got a prospective member attending the last weekly
Club Service Director Arie and Program Chair Gulian are doing a good job
getting great guest speakers. We would like all of you to suggest some
good speakers. We can even have overseas or interstate guest speakers on
Bulletin Editor Bradley is spending many hours on the bulletin as well
as Raymond on social media. Please give information as much as possible
for the bulletin, to make our bulletin more informative and interesting
as our members have plenty of time to read during the lockdown.
Friends, no matter how we come together - online or
face to face - we will continue to be members of a club where "service comes
before self", always supporting each other, our local communities and the
Together, we will get through this challenging time. Stay healthy - and stay
As always, in service above self!
Yours in Rotary,