Message from our Club President (Feb 21)

Graham Kane outlines in his report in this edition that a visit to Old Melbourne Gaol was an interesting way to spend a St Valentine’s Day evening. It certainly was. The history and the creative and realistic telling of the stories of Melbourne’s grim and sometimes grisly past was an outstanding evening.

As with many of our fellowship functions we learned, we laughed and at the end of the evening we were each richer for the experience.

This week we will take the opportunity to review our performance as a club as we serve our community, and the plans and established activities which we are yet to deliver.

The Chinese New Year has been an opportunity to consider the importance of this year – the Year of the Dog. With the characteristics of honesty, justice, the characteristics extend to being good at helping others to find and fix. Determination is another characteristic assigned to those born in the year of the Dog – Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it. So, if you or someone close to you was born in in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982 1994, or 2006 – or there is an addition to your family this year – these are the characteristics shared by those who are born in the Year of the Dog.

This year, one of the Australia wide Rotary initiatives is End Trachoma. Australia is the only developed nation, in which trachoma is still a significant disease. This week there is a focus on the different aspects of what it will take for us, as an Australian organisation to eradicate Trachoma, in Australia, by 2020. Our readers might like to join in to any one of the five online sessions that will address the different aspects of this preventable condition.

Here’s the link to the first session – they only run for 10 minutes and this one has a detailed outline of the work that has been done through the eyes of the Project Manager. The next four (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) promise to have more of the progress and impact in their coverage.

Yours in Rotary “Making a Difference”,

Janis McFarland
Club President