Posted by DG Amanda Wendt on Nov 14, 2022

Around 30 Rotarians joined together to pack over 4000 meals in one hour as part of the official DG Batman cluster visit. Held in the foyer outside Red Emperor restaurant, it took only moments for 5 random pedestrians to stop, enquire about who we are, what we were doing, pull on gloves and get involved! Hands-on volunteering sells itself and what a wonderful, impactiful introduction to Rotary for these new volunteers! 

David Langden, CEO of Michelin Group commented that For-A-Meal was such a terrific example of a meangingful, hands-on and convenient project as everyone in an organisation can come together to collaborate, we can track our impact and all while having a lot of fun! A huge thank-you to the For-A-Meal team for playing such a special role in our evening. Update on 29 November...9 of the boxes from this event have been taken to Echuca-Moama to support flood affected families!

District Vocational Service Chair Sarah Overton acknowledged the influence her mentor Neville Taylor has had on her Rotary and professional career. Sarah reflected on how she has deliberately copied elements of Neville's leadership - calm, focused, inclusive - and communication (hint: he repeats and repeats important concepts until he's 100% sure others are on the same page). I have received positive feedback about this gently persuasive style and its impact on my colleagues at work. 

I also got to recognise Mary Barry whose guidance and friendship has meant the world to me in my role as District Governor. I’m forever thankful to Rotary for introducing me to leaders like Mary and Neville who are always so gracious with their insights and time. 

A big thanks to David Langden for sponsoring the night, MC PDG Philip Archer and AG Murray Anderson for co-ordinating the evening, Presidents Elliot Silcock, Helena Peng, Rohan Williams, Saxon Mitchell, Adrian Nelson, Sainab Sheikh and Aviv Palti for your leadership and to the ‘host with the most’ Raymond from Red Emperor.

Congrats Rotary clubs of Central Melbourne, E Club Melbourne, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Southbank, Melbourne Passport, Melbourne City Rotaract and Rotaract E-club.