President’s Update

The president attended a zoom meeting with other Presidents on Sunday 24th October. She did have to depart slightly early as visits from the family have been very few. Below are some topics that were discussed.

With lockdown over we are playing catchup!  Making sure we are all on track…

  • AGMs
  • Incoming Boards
  • Visits
  • Membership – respect and diversity
  • International Women’s Day Planning Committee
  • Conference and Development Seminars (aka Assemblies)
  • Showcase project for Conference
  • Covid – protecting members
  • How we managed and our world after lockdown … open forum
  • New area of focus: Environment
  • Environment team to join us – meet them! (team member bios are attached)

Our Races Day will be 2nd November.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

10:00 Gates open.

Check in, with NSW QR Code and double vac proof. Sweeps and Calcutta sales commence, buy early buy often. Bar open, eftpos available.

10:30 Festivities commence.

Fashions on the field for Ladies and Gentlemen, so dress up and win one of the many quality prizes. The judges will be wandering round assessing your sartorial splendour and elegance.

A few points to remember.

Bring cash for sweeps and the Calcutta. Don’t forget to bring your tickets if you have them, or pick them up at check in. Several high quality door prizes will be drawn by ticket numbers.

The Big Screen is on trackside plus several strategically placed monitors.

There is no tote or bookmaker available. Place your bets before coming, or use your phone, but remember it’s Melbourne Cup day and on line betting outlets will be busy.

There will be a selection of sweeps, and of course the Calcutta, where just drawing a horse can attract a great return on investment.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Launch of new District 9705 Environmental Envoy Outreach programme

In June 2020, then RI President Mark Maloney announced that Rotary International had decided to add “Supporting the Environment” as a seventh Area of Focus for the organisation worldwide and that the Rotary Foundation would consider suitable environmental projects eligible for global grants from July 2021. The Area of Focus was recently renamed “Protecting the Environment” by the way.

Our District fully supported this new direction and the then District Governor Michael Moore announced the formation of a new District Environment Team at the Conference in Bathurst with PDG David Brawn to establish and lead it.

Since then, an Environment Team of 15 Rotarians and one Rotaractor has been recruited and a Plan of Action has been developed and approved. This includes the following Team Mission:

Help the Rotary Family* understand and implement the new Rotary Area of Focus – “Protecting the Environment

(*The Rotary Family includes Rotary, Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct)

A key component of the Plan is an Outreach programme involving the deployment of the members of the Team – to be known as Environmental Envoys – to liaise with and support environmental representatives in clubs in exploring opportunities to undertake environmental projects. Envoys will be assigned to support particular clubs and they will work closely with club environmental representatives.

The purpose of this email is to inform you of this new District Environmental Envoy Outreach programme and advise you that your AG will shortly invite you to attend a Zoom meeting to hear more about the Team’s plan, meet Team Leader David Brawn and the Envoys who have been allocated to your particular clubs. In the meantime, if you do not have an environmental representative, can you please select a suitable member to work with your assigned Envoy.

If you have any questions, David Brawn can be contacted by email or via his mobile 0419 295 400.