The first steps in the journey

Wednesday July 18, was the date of our Club Assembly.  This is the format that we use to outline the framework and plans for the year ahead.  Here’s a snapshot of our goals for our community in the 18/19 financial year.

For each of our Directors we asked for the top 3 points from their presentation:

Youth Service – serving the youth in our community

  • Support for the emerging Manningham Rotaract Club both physical and financial
  • Youth Exchange – Lea Rehnor who will arrive from Switzerland this week
  • A second Primary Schools’ speech contest to be established and there is an opportunity for sponsors to this event

Community service — serving the community of the City of Manningham

  • Continuing programs:
    • Christmas function at Odyssey House for the children of residents (and we have a lot of fun too!)
    • Setting up the Doncare gift store, and sourcing and donation of Christmas Hampers
    • ANZAC Day, schools’ service
  • Major new project – the provision of Shade Sales for Bulleen Heights School

Membership Marketing and Public Relations

  • Our goal is to increase our club membership by 12, during this financial year – ideally eight individual and four corporate members.
  • Fully implement our emerging social media presence with integrated web content, e-newsletter, event promotion and integrated support for our corporate members and their businesses.
  • Focus on the opportunity to serve your community through Rotary at the schools in Manningham, and three commercial/retail areas.

Club Service – the functions that make it all worthwhile

  • The social program for our club will include one social event, each month – the first one being dinner at Base Camp (Nepalese restaurant) on Saturday August 11.
  • Expanded speaker program to cover current issues and insights and re-introduction of the profile of new members and their stories that have brought them Rotary.
  • Exciting new initiative this year – an (almost) Victoria wide conference, which will be held in Melbourne over the weekend February 15 – 17 2019.  SAVE THE DATE!

International Service – where we work with an international community

The Rotary Foundation – our charity of choice – delivering educational and humanitarian aid

  • Our club to achieve 100% status – with every member joining The Centurion Club with the donation of A$100.00 towards The Rotary Foundation.
  • Raise and remit A$211.00 per member – A$77.00 specifically for the eradication of polio and the balance being our annual commitment to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.

With the framework in place the delivery of our program of goals is now well underway and progress updates on each of these initiatives will be seen as we progress through the year.  You’ll notice this week that the fundraising for our Shade Sails project at Bulleen Heights School has received a further $8,000 taking us a step closer to the goal of $22,000.