We conducted our first trial video meeting last week - 15 people turned up, some with wine glasses and bottles of scotch! It was very good to see everyone again, and to catch up on how everyone is faring through this crisis. The video meeting went fairly smoothly, and it's given us the confidence to roll it out to the whole club this week.
How do we stay connected in times like these? With our regular Wednesday night meetings suspended, we quickly came up with a way to keep members connected and engaged. The concept of the email bulletin was to mimic how we normally run our meetings, starting with a Toast to Rotary International and the People of Australia!
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.