I'm delighted to confirm that Loryn Clark and Past District Governors Colin Muir and Ross Butterworth have advised me that the provisional Rotary Club of Eynesbury will charter with 20+ members on Sunday, 14th of March. I encourage Club Presidents to email Loryn Clark to congratulate her and the new Eynesbury members. Loryn can be reached at loryn@ssbee.com.au

If you haven’t already either looked into, or applied for a District Recognition Award, now is the time to do so, as applications close very soon. Project categories include the key service areas of Community, International, Vocational, Youth, Public Image & Communications, and Membership, to which has been added the new Rotary Area of Focus, Supporting the Environment; and, Innovation During COVID, a special category in this unusual pandemic-affected year. For further information, please visit the District website: https://rotarydistrict9800.org.au/sitepage/club-service/recognitions

This week I attended the CEO Satellite Rotary Club of Southbank meeting at which Club member Robert Pradolin, CEO of Housing All Australians gave an incredibly interesting insight to homelessness, the key area of focus for the Club. Robert was able to highlight that the CEO network (and indeed the entire Rotary network) is an important avenue for creating awareness/education about the underlying causes of homelessness – enough to build respectful unrest at many levels to influence Government to act on this issue. It was an extremely informative meeting.

This Saturday is the first Morning Tea with the DG for 2021. The line up of speakers and topics include an update from Rotary Melbourne on their Centenary Celebrations;

Warwick Cavell and DGE Dale Hoy will talk about International Student Mentoring;

Maurie Stack, the Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Australia Ltd will provide information on the new public benevolent institution; Sue Vincent will speak on Acknowledgement to Country; and, Club Service Chair Sue Foley will talk to us about the G'day Network & St Patricks Day.

Lastly, our Victorian Conference with all five Districts is well underway. I'm very happy with the planning and the content, particularly the speakers that have been booked for this virtual Conference on 1st and 2nd May from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.  You can expect inspiring presentations and fabulous musical entertainment.

Have a great week everyone … look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the Morning Tea!

 

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer