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President's Message: October 2020

President's Message: October 2020

Well here we are in October, and its been so different for everyone, personally, and for businesses, and certainly for Rotary. Its been really good though to continue our regular Wednesday night meetings on zoom, and we have enjoyed a wide range of guest speakers and discussions.

Our planning for 2021 with The Manningham Family Festival, Primary School Speech competitions and the Business Excellence Awards is in good shape, but fundraising and social activities are on hold.  

But our Footy Tipping competition across the Manningham Cluster Clubs, has just concluded with a gala zoom event last Wednesday. The winners were congratulated, and prizes awarded. The great news for the night was that we raised $2,418 for our selected community activity, the Real Group, which supports people with disabilities learning about theatre, then taking part in productions as actors and support people, presenting to the community.  

Next May we celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia, and we have been working with the other 3 clubs in Manningham to implement a memorable project to promote Rotary in our municipality, and also a community function to celebrate the great contribution that Rotary has made in our area and indeed worldwide. More to come as the planning proceeds.

On the international front, 24 October is World Polio Day. The Rotary Foundation launched the polio Eradication program in 1988, and the Gates Foundation has been a partner for the last 10 years, donating millions of dollars to the campaign. More than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated and 99.9% if polio world-wide has been eradicated. This has been a long journey, and we are almost there, but it’s so pleasing to see that People of Action can make it happen.

Our “Connecting Manningham” Project has really taken off with the wide range of community support and engagement programs, run by our partners, the members, and friends of the Manningham Rotaract Club, getting strong buy-in. The program for October has commenced and it is so pleasing to see even more programs, including cooking, arts and crafts, games nights, book club, personal training, exercise group, West African drumming, and more. It’s so pleasing to also welcome new programs, which highlight our connections with Living and Learning at Ajani, Pines Learning, U3A and REAL. But the fantastic news is that we have been successful in getting a significant Community Health and Wellbeing grant from the Manningham Council, which will enable us to deliver on the planned extensions to the program. These include:  

  • Spreading kindness through the connection of volunteers  
  • Creating a platform to connect the public to businesses and
  • Diversifying our program catalogue inviting opportunities for new tutors

We have great plans in place for these new initiatives.

Please stay safe, reach out to other Rotary members, friends and neighbours, and remember that Rotary Opens Opportunities.