President's Message July 2021

President's Message July 2021

Welcome to the start of a new Rotary year. I wanted to start off with a Presidents newsletter because there is much to share with you all.

Firstly I wanted to introduce the new board. These are the Rotarians who will lead us through the next year, help me keep this ship on course, and will expect us all to contribute and adapt to the changes ahead.

Our incoming Board

  • Club Service/ President-Elect: John Bennie
  • Secretary: Anthony Callinan
  • Treasurer: Ken Sharp
  • Youth: Vicki Martinez
  • Fundraising: Brian Tyedin
  • Community: David Chua
  • International: Janice McFarland
  • Marketing: Brian Negus
  • Membership: Position Vacant

This board comes with an extensive pedigree of experience, all of whom I will be relying on heavily throughout the year.   Please thank them for their time and service in advance, I know we are all in safe hands with this level of expertise on deck. 

If you have a desire to be on the board, we do still have a vacancy open. And if you wish to be part of an existing committee or a pet project you wish to champion; please let me know.

Here's a sneak preview of the upcoming year

With the hope of a return to regular face to face meetings throughout the year, our first will be on Wed 7th July. The heads and tails Gift Basket is running dry and is asking for donations; bring any small, fun, or silly gifts along and they can be contributed anonymously (we’ll even wrap them up for you).

Please save any bigger items you may discover when spring cleaning for the op-shop. While the committee works on the business plan and looks for an appropriate site, we are hoping that if it proves to be a worthwhile project, it will secure a revenue stream that will allow our club to give more to the community. A secure storage location has been generously donated, and a drop off option will soon be available to start stockpiling material.

This 21/22 Rotary year already looks auspicious:

  • We will see meetings being offered both in person and for virtual attendees simultaneously
  • We will be implementing an SMS reply system for dinner meetings
  • We are heavily involved in the Future Vehicle Expo in October, which could be a feather in the cap for the municipality
  • We will return to Finns for another Family Festival in November after our CoVid year off
  • We will look at updating our club polo shirts
  • We are enjoying collaborative, friendly, and productive Cluster activities
  • We help celebrate 100 years that Rotary has been in Australia, our district 9810 has its 40th birthday, so too does Rotary Health Research.
  • And within this Rotary year, our club will celebrate its 45th anniversary!

Together we will see what we can do as friends, as a club, and as a community.

Together we can serve to change lives.

Luke Bastian
Rotary Club of Templestowe