President Peter's Musings
Once again the vibrancy and flexibility of our Club shone through at Breakfast this week.  It seemed as though our rostered members for the usual duties were all absent for one reason or another.  I won't name and shame them but instead a big thank you to those who ably and willingly stepped up and helped out.
Mark W, the money man, was doing just that as Ian B, extended the warm hand of welcome to all as we arrived.  "I'll do it" Judy volunteered to run the show and took the position of Chair and introduced our Guest Speaker.
A warm welcome was extended to our guest, Roger's wife and better half, Sally.  It's always nice to see you, Sally.  Prospective Member, Megyn Carpenter was back with us again and very keen to join our Club.  Thank you for coming along again, Megyn and thanks also for providing us with an impromptu, "this is your life".
Lucky for Judy, the instructions for Chairperson were there for her to follow.  It'd been a while since being in the that role for Judy.  It's just like riding a bike though as Judy quickly found out.  Grace followed by the Toast to Australia, then over to Mr Royce Abbey himself, Aan Still OAM.
This time, Alan whisked us away to another trouble spot in the world of Rotary.  The International Toast was to D2452 Palestine RC of Bethlehem.  Perhaps you were a week early, Alan. Isn't our Christmas Breakfast next week ?  I guess we might be away in a manger by then.  The link to this very interesting club is here and if you'd like to check up on Alan's mind boggling statistics, here's your chance.
19 December is our last meeting for 2017
Head's up

What's ahead

  • The club Christmas Party is being held at Ann & Merv's home on Saturday 16 December - again, an RSVP is important at this link
  • Our last regular meeting for 2017 is on 19 December - see Santa's plans here
  • The first meeting in 2018 will be on Tuesday 16 January - it is billed as a slow start as most of us will still be in  recovery mode
  • The meeting on 23 January is being transformed into a 'mobile meeting' whereby two or three of us will be requested to visit each of the other Rotary clubs in our cluster or vicinity.  A roster might be a good idea to ensure we limit numbers!
  • On 30 January, we will receive reports from the visits to other clubs
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Exciting Times Ahead
In 2021 Rotary will celebrate 100 years in both Australia and New Zealand.

In that time we have definately punched above our weight contributing seven World Presidents to the organisation.

All of whom have contributed to the growth of Rotary and its endeavours, Sir Clem Renouf and his vision for eradication of Polio and Glen Kinross low cost housing being just a couple of examples.

But we live in a changing world and Rotary has to change with it.

it is no secret that our membership has been declining in recent years whilst the average age of Rotarians in the two countries has been increasing.

For some time now we, in District roles, have been looking at things to revitalise our organisation as the one thing that never changes is the need in our communities.

In my club visits I have talked about redistricting and that will occur but at the same time we need to overhaul our organisation structure to be able to handle what will be very large new districts.

With this in mind, we have in place a committee reviewing how the new districts will work, and what we need to do to build Rotary in our area.
We see this as an opportunity to revitalise Rotary in our area and become a model for other countries.

Attached is a report from our Zone Director, Noel Trevaskis, setting out some of the ideas and actions that we will be taking, to build a better more relevant Rotary into our next 100 years.

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Dec 16, 2017
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Dec 16, 2017 5:00 PM
Dec 19, 2017
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Dec 27, 2017
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January 5
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January 8
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January 18
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January 27
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January 31
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December 11
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December 15
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December 17
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December 20
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December 23
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December 26
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December 29
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January 8
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January 22
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January 22
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January 25
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December 18
Ron Strong
December 26
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January 4
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January 27
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Glen Milligan
December 20
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December 30
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Last Week's Meeting
Libby Knight, Peer Educator, COTA Qld
Chair Judy welcomed guests Megyn, Sally and Libby
Alan gave the International Toast to District 2452 RC Bethlehem, chartered in  2013 with 12 members
Megyn Carpenter was given the opportunity to introduce herself
19 December is our last meeting for 2017
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