Welcome everyone to the third email meeting of the Rotary club of Templestowe. The Board had a zoom meeting on Monday and it was decided that we do a trial Wednesday 8th April zoom meeting for all members to get everyone used to the technology. It will also be a good chance to catch up with everyone. Regular Wednesday zoom meetings will then take place. The meeting time will be 7.30pm for all these Zoom meetings. If anyone has any problems with logging onto zoom, we can sort that out with you after the meeting. Let us know.
Sadly we inform members and associates of Templestowe Rotary Club of the death of Kevin Rowe last Friday. Kevin was a Charter Member of our Rotary Club. He was our third President in 1979/1980. Kevin was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 1990. He was an outstanding Rotarian who worked tirelessly on many Rotary projects. Kevin has been unwell in recent years but still supported Rotary events, like our Schools Anzac Service, by attending in his wheelchair. We extend our sympathy to Elinor and family.
A couple of weeks ago we were lucky to have Vicki Martinez from your club visit Manningham Rotaract and run an amazing strategic planning session. After a cheerful but relatively slow start to the year, having Vicki come in and engage with our club boosted everyone's mood and motivation, and really revitalised the atmosphere in the club. Last year, since we were focused on chartering and were still unsure about a lot of the processes involved in being a successful Rotaract club, we unfortunately had a lot events fall by the wayside; I think a contributor to this was a lack of understanding of our major passions and interests, and how these could be used to create goals that are not only achievable but are also exciting.
On behalf of the Board, Brian Negus has prepared a report using material from the Federal and State Government websites, and information that has been prepared and endorsed by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board (of which Brian is a Director). It is current as at 23 March 2020, and we will keep this up to date as conditions change. Click on the title above to view the report.
We have had some great speakers at our meetings during March – Helen Jurcevic (Manningham Women’s Friendship group), Carmen Stenta (member talk) and Ken Fraser at our Footy Launch night. As well as that we had a club assembly. The Footy Launch was a fantastic night of nostalgia of what football was like in the 60’s with stories from Ken Fraser about Ted Whitten, Ron Barassi and other football legends. Peter “Crackers” Keenan got a special mention.