President's message: 1 May 2020

President's message: 1 May 2020

It is now 5 weeks in lock down and 6 weeks since our last person to person Rotary meeting at the Manningham club.

It does seem longer than 6 weeks, but probably because life has slowed down with home isolation.

The toilet rolls and other essentials to life are starting to come back onto supermarket shelves. The number of new COVID 19 cases are slowing down and there is hope now for an easing of restrictions. But hate to add that winter is still coming.

So even though we are controlling the spread of the virus through social distancing, we still have to be vigilant with what we do, and to not lose the advantages that we have gained.

We are now using zoom for our meetings at club level as well as for our committee meetings.

The ANZAC service we held by zoom was deep and meaningful with several of our members taking part.

There was a presentation on what would have been the 30th anniversary of the RCT schools ANZAC service by Peter Gurry and Keith Anderson. The ANZAC requiem was read by Rod Simkiss and Linda Mackenzie and the ODE was read by Ian Ryan. The last post, a minute silence and then the reveille completed the commemoration.

A 2010 video of the RCT School’s ANZAC service was played at the end of the meeting.

It brought back a lot of memories and what some Rotarians looked like 10 years ago.

The community committee under Rod and Vicki’s guidance is planning ways for our club to connect with the community during this COVID 19 pandemic.

News from District is that the District Assembly will be a zoom workshop and the District Changeover will also be by zoom.

We will need to see how they handle that as our Changeover will also be by zoom.

Until then, keep well everyone. Stay inside and only venture outside if you have to and keep socially distancing but stay in contact with one another either by a phone call or use social media.


Brian Tyedin