President’s Comment – 28 Aug 16

Some of our new members have requested an explanation of their access to Rotary websites.

First and foremost is our own Club website where we meet and communicate with each other. This can be reinforced with personal email messages, Facebook messages and phone conversations. In addition we propose to hold some face to face meetings of our members in when we are in someone’s locality. If your username or password do not work please contact me.

DG Michael Milston has introduced his District Governor Communications format for this Rotary year. His objective is to allow you to consider each piece of information and decide if it tweaks your interest and you want to read on, or if not then you delete it. To achieve this, each bulletin will mainly be single topic focussed. So how will it work?

He will be sending out, by email, regular short “tweets” in a bulletin format called “Quick News“; a (probably monthly) “Conversations” bulletin which will look at thoughts and ideas around the monthly Rotary theme; and finally, but not least, a regular (probably monthly too) “What’s On” bulletin (see read more link below).

All these bulletins will, where there is more information available, refer by linking, back to the D9700 website. All these bulletins will be sent to your registered email address. Needless to say I welcome any feedback, contributions, comments, and thoughts.

There will also be other items of interest to Rotarians and others on the D9700 websitewww.rotary9700.org.au – also know as ClubRunner, so do make a point of checking the site. Some of the bulletin stories above will also be on the Home Page. All Rotary Club members can login using their email address that they use for our E-Club. If you do not have or cannot remember your password  click on the link at the bottom of the login page.

Clubs have been asking for sometime about how they can use the web site for getting information to you and other Rotarians. The “What’s On” is an attempt to moderate this desire to tell the District Rotarians of these Clubs’ fundraising, social, and project endeavours.
Your Club can already put events onto the D9700 web site Calendar; so those items will be included in the “What’s On” and if you something also included, you will need to send the following information to our District Bulletin Editor, Ian Davison caa@countryad.com.au :
  • Type of activity (eg fundraising event, raffle, stall, etc)
  • Title of the activity
  • Purpose of the activity (support children/adults/etc improve/learn/ etc etc)
  • Dates
  • Location
  • Club involved
  • Contact details (for more info, buy tickets, name, email, landline or mobile); links to your Club’s website where there is more information would be the best for you to get your message across.

The other website that all Rotarians can login on is the Rotary International site at: https://www.rotary.org/en .  This website is for the public but all active Rotary members can go to MyRotary and login to access a lot of information on Rotary. You will need to quote your Rotary Club and your Rotary International ID number. If you do not have this please ask our Club Secretary to email your number to you.

You will note that you are identified as  a member of your Rotary Club and you can look up any donations you have made to the Rotary Foundations. You can subscribe to newsletters from any of the various Action Groups, Committees or interest groups that can be accessed from here. You also have access to the International Directory that lists all Clubs worldwide, their meeting place and date, their executive contact details  so that you can organise to visit them or contact them to carry out a mutual project together.

It is on the Rotary International website that YOU begin to feel part of an extremely large and effective organisation serving humanity.

President’s Comment – 21 Aug 16

Thank you to all six members who have submitted their member surveys. I will contact the remaining four by email who still have to submit.

Attendance by some members has been excellent. I encourage all members to log on to our website regularly and record their attendance an learn more about Rotary.

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August is Membership Month, a time to celebrate your club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world! Many people join Rotary to serve others locally and globally. Rotary allows members to make a difference while promoting fellowship and international understanding.

We offer many programs that allow you to engage with fellow members and make new connections outside your club and district. Here are just a few ways to get more involved:

Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals. Read how Rotaract clubs are building stronger communities through sustainable service projects.

President’s Comment – 14 Aug 16

This is an inspiring story that offers hope in a community that has been subjected to  extreme horrors in the recent past. Rotary does some marvellous work!

African youth construct kitchen gardens for genocide survivors

Rotaractors take part in clean up

Rotaractors and guests clean up and create kitchen gardens in the village of Kinyinya, Rwanda.

By Peter King Oloo, a member of the Rotaract Club of Kie, Rwanda

Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across the East African countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda gathered in Rwanda on 26 March to participate in the monthly cleaning exercise in Rwanda called Umuganda.

The Rotaractors, through their award-winning annual project called REACT (Rotaract East Africa Impact), had organized a project to construct kitchen gardens and raise funds for medical insurance. Both these activities were geared toward helping the community of the 1994 Rwanda genocide survivors who were resettled in Kinyinya village in Kigali.

REACT-Fast-factsThese survivors were resettled under the Peace and Hope Initiative. We sought to carry out a project with some guests that would be sustainable and enable the people at this community to feed themselves for longer term.

The community was trained with practice to construct kitchen gardens in tight spaces and to balance their diet. By the end of the project, 50 kitchen gardens had been constructed.

Miss Rwanda 2016, Miss Jolly Mutesi, joined us and implored the young girls at the center to be hard workers and make wise choices. She told stories of girls who had listened to the promises of boys in the village, and then found themselves alone once they became pregnant.

We raised 500,000 Rwandan Francs for medical insurance, enough to cover 167 individuals for a year. The project was hosted by the Rotaract Club of Kigali City and the Rotaract Club of KIE and was the fourth annual REACT project after Uganda (2013), Burundi (2014) and Kenya (2015). The 2017 leg will be held in Tanzania and its concept is in development.