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Thoughts from the DG - Week 4
I'm in the car trying to type this with a computer on my lap, on our way back from Tamworth. With our visit to Tamworth West last night, we have now completed visits to all five Clubs there. How different they all are – 'vive la difference' I say. The two breakfast clubs have members who are a lot younger; the average age of Sunrise is 49. And these clubs are doing interesting things over and above their breakfast meetings – Friday night drinks in one case, and an 'under fifties' social dinner in another. For the most part they are working people whose lifestyle suits their breakfast meeting, but they are mixing it up and having a good time in the process. The original Tamworth club, established in 1932, is very traditional, but a happy bunch of people meeting each week and supporting some great programs. The small Calala club is another case of Rotarians 'doing their own thing', but happy in the process. I was greeted by one member who said up front "I voted against women in Rotary, but our last president has proved me wrong – she came through a difficult situation with flying colours".
Last night I met the members of Tamworth West, whose club does not have women members, and they are happy to stay that way. For the most part, their partners are members of Inner Wheel, and by all accounts, they too are happy to stay that way. In fact, I was advised by one couple to consult with their Inner Wheel club, and I will. They are, after all, members of our Rotary 'family'.
At our meeting with Tamworth First Light, the club pointed out that they have provided my Cluster 6 Assistant Governor, Dimity Betts, and our Inspirator editor, Andrew Maughan – too true. In attendance at the meeting was one of their original foundation members, who is suffering from MND. Fortunately, he seems to have one of the least aggressive types of the disease, and in his 6th year since diagnosis he is still able to walk and talk, for which he and his family are extremely grateful. He resigned, but the club is currently trying to get him to re-join; I hope they are successful. And he is being treated by Professor Dominic Rowe at Macquarie University, who will be one of our Keynote speakers at our conference next year.
The club's President, John Worldon, lost his wife Kerrie to MND, and we have met so many people on our travels who have been touched by this horrible disease.
On the Rotaract front, there is some wonderful news from Tamworth. They have a combined club meeting tonight, to put in place an effort to start a Rotaract Club again. It would seem that Rotaract had existed in Tamworth in the past, and we have a number of former Rotaractors who are now Rotarians, including the President of Tamworth West. And that club's latest nominee for membership is a former Rotaractor as well, so they are all very supportive of getting a club going again. What we have to ensure this time is to include them in our club activities, and bring them closer to the Rotary family - they can also be Rotarians if they choose.
News releases have gone out to promote our drought appeal throughout our district, and Reg is working hard to explore more options. If you have a newspaper in the western region that I haven't reached, please let me know and I will send you the press release.
The first Finance and Management Committee meeting will be held in Glen Innes on the weekend of August 25 and 26, and plans are in place to have a dinner on the Saturday night with club members – a 'Welcome Back' dinner for their club, where they can meet their management team.
We're in Armidale until the end of the month, visiting our home town clubs (including my own) so it will be a chance to take a breather, and repack for the rest of our journeys out in our far western regions next time.
Remember, get your application in for the Friendship Exchange in Germany prior to the Convention in Hamburg next year. Applications have to be to Di Hall by July 30.
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Direct Deposits for the Partner's Project
Name of Account: Rotary International DG Partner's Account
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Cheques are to be made out to: Partners Project 2018-19
And posted to District Treasurer,
Mr Graeme Andrews,
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Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference
The Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference (formerly the Rotary Zone Institute) will be held in Hobart, Tasmania on the weekend of the 14 – 16 September 2018. This will be a combined conference for Australia and New Zealand.
It is terrific that we will have then Immediate Past President of Rotary International Ian Riseley and Juliet attending the Conference as representatives of then President Barry Rassin and his wife Esther.
As the Convenor for this Conference I would like to extend a personal invitation to all Rotarians to attend and participate in the weekend. I would like all past officers of Rotary International to invite those Rotarians who are new to Rotary as well as those long time Rotarians.
I am sure if all Rotarians can experience this Conference they will leave enthused and motivated to become more involved in Rotary.
The Organising Committee have organised a great venue and the programme will be of interest to everyone. Plus this year we will have a number of breakout sessions on a wide range of topics.
The Darwin Conference was special and everyone really enjoyed themselves, Hobart promises to be just as exciting and enjoyable.
Sue and I look forward to welcoming you all to Hobart in 2018.
The Social Side Of Rotaract
Rotaract is a place where youth can come and meet like minded people and do helpful things in the community; but it is not all business all the time.
Much like Rotarians enjoy the fellowship weekly or fortnightly meetings can bring, we at Hastings Rotaract dedicate one meeting a month to a social meeting.
For our social meeting we can meet and do activities such as roller skating, picnics and ten pin bowling or simply go to dinner at the pub or have fish and chips on the beach. We don't have a meal with each of our weekly meetings to keep costs down but we recogise the importance of social meetings and so far this has been a great way for us to keep the fun in Rotaract.
Of course that is not to say we don't catch up outside our weekly meetings, groups of our members are regularly having coffee/movie nights/sleepovers but a monthly social meeting is a great way to catch up without always having to focus on business.
Hastings Rotaract are going on the road for the first district Rotaract Roadshow from August 27 - September 2. We are wanting to share the magic of Rotaract with as many clubs and clusters in the district and to assist in any way we can to get more Rotaract clubs in the region. The trip to your club/cluster can take any form YOU want. From us talking more generally about Rotaract to getting into the specific of what needs to happen to form a club.
At this stage no club has been in touch to formalise a day during the roadshow week so get in now to avoid disappointment.
Sally, Laura and Ashleigh hanging out on the weekend
Amy Taylor at a recent social event
Sally Foster at a social event
Join us at the Hamburg RI Convention
June 1 – 5, 2019. Register today at riconvention.org
Dennis and I would love you to join us at the next International Convention in the beautiful Harbour City of Hamburg.
If you haven't been to an International Convention before, you will be inspired and delighted to meet so many Rotarians from around the world. And the speakers are always wonderful, along with the entertainment.
Join the Friendship Exchange in Germany before the Convention!
Apply now to join the Friendship Exchange team who will tour a district in Germany prior to the Convention. You will be hosted by German Rotarians, and they will show you their district through their eyes. Team members must also register for the Convention. This is a wonderful experience you won't want to miss.
Applications close July 31, so hurry! Go to Friendship Exchange on the District Web page, and click on Germany 2019 to take you to the application form.