President’s Comment – 25 Sep 16

District Governor Michael Milston Official CLUB Visit

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Tuesday 4th October at 7.00pm EST (Brisbane) – 8.00pm ESDT (NSW & VIC)

DG Michael  and partner Ann Dib will deliver a presentation then will take questions.

It would be great if ALL members could make the effort to attend.

If any other Rotarian wishes to make-up  or  any prospective member or interested person wishes to attend please email me (johnroberson@bigpond.com)and i will send you the GoToMeeting link and instructions on how to join the meeting and presentation.

The monthly Board meeting will be held after the presentation.

 

MEMBER SURVey RESULTS

The survey asked members to consider Club goals and what they wanted to achieve by being a member of our Rotary E-Club.

These are comments made by our members in the recent survey that all members completed. Thank you to all for completing the survey and the sincerity of your comments. 

Please feel free to email, make comments on the website and discuss the comments below with your fellow members:

  • I still very much feel I am learning the ropes about Rotary as a whole.
  • Encourage those who wish to join Rotary but don’t have the time for weekly meetings, to understand the benefits of the E-Club.
  • Increase membership and raise fund for the Rotary Foundation.
  • I’m comfortable with the Club taking six to twelve months to establish itself.
  • We need more members attending more regularly.
  • Find ways of working with the Youth in our communities to participate in the youth programs available.
  • Raise awareness and develop networks to promote our RAWCS projects.
  • Fund raising for our Club RAWCS projects.
  • Participation in a Rotary club that is much more convenient and fits in with my busy lifestyle and personal situation.
  • Encourage more engagement with members via the Facebook group – as an E-Club I think it’s really important that social media is used effectively.
  • We need some local projects – at least one – to support.
  • Be part of a functioning Club that continues to actively support international projects, and develop relevant community projects.
  • We need to get used to visiting the website regularly and each of us keeping up-to-date between meetings.
  • Learn together about the ways other E-Clubs in Rotary function – what their successes and difficulties have been.
  • Networking and flexibility of E-Club membership.
  • Come up with a  fundraising project, around a current relevant issue that even those members that are more remote from the District can be involved in.
  • As a new member, I hope to continue to learn more about the work of Rotary as a whole and build my knowledge of this great organisation.
  • We need to sort out the technology (is GoToMeeting the best tool, do we all need better headsets, etc).
  • Be part of an enthusiastic group of  Rotarians who want to actively serve humanity.
  • I hope I can be involved in the Club’s activities, even though I am going to be remote from the District more often than not.
  • Leverage my experience working in international development beyond my own project which may wind down over the next twelve months – then again it may get a new lease of life with some Rotary input.
  • Not sure what goals I want our Club to achieve yet.
  • I feel that I’m too new to offer much in developing goals and stating what I personally want to achieve.
  • To further grow as a Rotarian, joining with other members to be part of something incredible to make a difference and do good in the world.
  • Increase our membership to have a variety of members with different interests, knowledge and ideas.
  • I’m quite enjoying listening to others, reading about Rotary and its projects, and just getting a general ‘feel’ for the organisation, its clubs and what they achieve.
  • Establish a functioning e-club that is taking action to raise awareness and support international and local projects. A club that someone who knows nothing about Rotary would be inspired to join. 
  • Increase active membership, with a plan of how we will become a functioning club that is actively working on Rotary goals and projects.
  • I am interested in piloting an Australian based alternative schoolies project in an Indigenous context.
  • Increase our membership.
  • Contributing to  the good work of Rotary International.
  • I wonder whether we might also consider a more structured and active online campaign for recruitment? How can we draw people to our online presence?
  • Participation in Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) style projects.
  • I want to get my head around all the different web presences for Rotary – its very confusing between RAWCS projects, ClubRunner, our own site, and I think there are others.
  • Increase support for the Rotary Foundation.
  • Support  those in our club who have existing projects.
  • Encourage our members to attend District Conference for yearly fellowship.
  • To become an active club within the District of 9700.
  • I want to be able to contribute to my community.

These comments show a positive enthusiasm by most members to continue the development of our Club; the desire to educate and mentor our newer members with the ideals of Rotary and  to encourage our serving humanity in the best possible way that we can.

President’s Comment – 18 Sep 16

LOOK AT THE SECRETARY & TREASURER PAGES

Both have been updated.

Our Club international Projects

We now have five International Projects listed on our website that are managed in part or entirely by members of our Club. They have recently had a Donation link added to each page that goes directly to our RAWCS payment gateway. Have a look! Make a donation!

Ethical Dilemma Discussion: what do you do?

Your club is working to provide technology and training for teachers and children at a school in a very low-income area with limited educational resources. During your search for sponsors, a club member in a senior position at a well-known business offers to pay most of the project’s costs. This sponsorship would allow you to complete the project quickly, and kids would be in classrooms learning in just a short time. You are grateful for the generosity but hesitate because this business has been in the media over some ethical concerns. You aren’t sure it’s a good idea to accept the sponsorship, but raising the funds in other ways could sharply delay the project.

Some comments by Rotarians on this Forum Topic are listed below:

President’s Comment – 11 Sep 16

Thank you to all who attended the Guest Speaker and Board Meeting on Wednesday 7th September. Matt Eakin gave a great presentation that you can access under Member Login/ Video Meetings on this website.

This is Basic Education & Literacy Month and I believe the comments below are very relevant  and explain the power of the Rotary Youth Exchange program to change lives and the world.

 

Making peace, one exchange student at a time

Belgian Exchange Student Marcellin Niset in Alaska

Belgian Exchange Student Marcellin Niset in Alaska

By Marcellin Niset, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Belgium to Alaska

The Italian-American author and actress Vanna Bonta wrote, “There’s no hospitality like understanding.” That quote stuck with me as a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Alaska in 2015-16. I arrived in Alaska, a wilderness filled with beauty and love, determined to make my exchange purposeful and beneficial for myself, my host community, and the world.

An exchange is not only about a student going abroad, it is about all the people who make this exchange possible, and the ones that are impacted, directly and indirectly.

Niset addresses a Rotary club.

Niset is using his exchange year as an opportunity to promote tolerance and respect.

I come from a small village in rural Belgium and the exchange is a unique chance to accomplish something bigger than myself. To be selected as an ambassador for Rotary and my country meant being the custodian of national values and beliefs.

Sometimes, the mission was easy. I brought happiness to people by making countless Belgian waffles. I presented facts about my homeland to my host club and community. But going deeper, and sharing what makes people from my country unique, explaining why we think and behave differently, without judging, is harder. There is not just one way to do things, and one way isn’t better than another, just different.

At my first orientation with the other exchange students in Alaska, our coordinator told us that the Rotary Youth Exchange motto was to “Make peace in the world, one student at a time.” I only understood the real meaning of this sentence later in my exchange.

Terrorist attack

On 22 March, Belgium became the target of a terrorist attack. I saw the last place I had been in my country, the airport, blown up by people who didn’t understand differences. I saw a symbol of globalization exploded and my beliefs harmed. I had a friend from France, two from Indonesia, one from Germany. All of them felt the weight of terrorism. It oppresses you, makes you fearful, sad, and angry.

How in a world interconnected, multicultural, and full of exchange students, can terrorist attacks still happen?

But then it suddenly made sense to me why I was on exchange at this time. I realized how I could explain the values my country stands for, and show how Rotary members and exchange students can work together to help solve the world’s problems. Rotary members already have a drive to change the world. Exchange students promote tolerance and respect.

Thanks to my exchange, I had the opportunity to share my values, my beliefs, my identity. I try to make the world stronger, one speech at a time, and am inspired to strive for greater things.

This is the power of Rotary Youth Exchange. And it can be the pride of Rotary, too.

Learn more about exchange opportunities through Rotary