The Key 10th March 2014

This week

No Meeting Monday 10th March as it is a Public Holiday but there is plenty of news and interesting reading in The Key this week.

Next week

Next Meeting, 5.30pm Monday 17th March – change of venue – members, partners & friends of the Club will visit the Joint Emergency Services Centre, Gungahlin, for a guided tour by our local RFS. This should be a lot of fun and extremely informative. Numbers are restricted to 25 so please advise Liz Friend asap if you would like to come. Children 16 years & over welcome. Dinner afterwards 7.15pm at the Raiders Club, Gungahlin, table reserved. Details: 5.30pm Joint Emergency Services Centre, Anthony Rolfe Ave, G.

Last Week

Last Monday night we enjoyed a social night at the Fosters and it was a nice surprise to have AG Graeme Kinraid call in to say hello and to enjoy dessert, pavlova. Thanks go to Pamela and Ian for their hospitality.

Local happenings

Last Thursday President Ian was invited to attend a senior assembly at Gold Creek School. He presented cheques totalling $400 towards the expenses of the students going to Cambodia and Vietnam later this year as part of their World Challenge commitment. In past months team members have been very supportive members of our Club’s BBQ squads and their hard work made a significant contribution towards the club’s donation. It seems that this group will be making further contributions
during the year.

While at the school, Ian spoke with staff regarding Rotary programs relevant to secondary students and their schools – Interact, RYPEN, RYLA, NYSF, MUNA, etc.

Invitations in our region include:

Thursday 20th March, fund-raising movie night in Manuka

Organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra which has secured the premiere of the first feature length film produced in Saudi Arabia. The other first is that the Director is a woman. All proceeds will be directed to BLAZE AID to be dispersed to relieve some of the hardship of our rural communities affected by fire, flood and drought induced famine. Refreshments from 6.30pm. Tickets by prepayment (flyer attached).

7.30pm Friday 4th, & 2pm & 7.30pm Saturday 5th April, Shen Yun

The world’s No. 1 classic Chinese dance and music show, comes to Canberra in April for the eighth year. Member Holly Wei is happy to organise tickets for the three shows.

Tuesday 15th April Ginninderra Rotary Club dinner to Hear Minister Simon Corbell

Hear Mr Corbell speak on his vision for Belconnen Precinct in 2030, although no doubt he will be happy to answer questions on most subjects within his Portfolio. This is a partner’s night.

Rotary Updates from President Ian (Club President 2013/14 & 2014/15)

PETS – Presidents’-Elect Training 2014

This was held at the Ainslie Football Club on Sat/Sun, 1-2 March and all but a few clubs were represented. Certainly all clubs in our own local areas were represented and it was a good opportunity to renew old and to form new bonds This year a greater attempt was made to actively involved participants in their learning and it is to be hoped that this trend continues in future.

This year far greater use was also made of modern media and of District’s and RI’s online resources. This was made easier by the wifi environment at the venue. It was made abundantly clear that club officers are expected to develop a range of competencies in these domains and several convenors demonstrated the breadth of current online support. At the same time it was acknowledged that many clubs and Rotarians will struggle through this period of change and therefore the more time-consuming paper-based communications, forms and returns will be retained alongside the emerging media
forms and direct online links.

This year a wide range of support material was made available to the attendees, much of it online or on a USB stick given to each club representative. These largely replaced the voluminous past handouts. I will be circulating relevant material to Club members over the next little while.

The Saturday sessions covered a lot of the basics of Rotary and club administration and were fairly predictable. The Sunday, however, was far more participatory and as we sat in our AG-based clusters, the friendships and confidence this had engendered led to a number of frank and useful exchanges of approach and information when various problem-solving scenarios placed before us.

Due to unusual situations in our own Club I have now attended three PETS weekends and this was, I think, the best and most down-to-earth. If members have not had this opportunity and wish to grow as Rotarians and give more back to our wonderful organisation, I strongly recommend that they attend District Assembly in May, at Bega.

Review of our Constitution and Bylaws

Every three years Rotary International conducts its Council on Legislation, updating and amending various policies, expectations and requirements for clubs and Rotarians. Each Club is expected to review its constitution, rules and bylaws every three years, both to take into account its own changing needs as well as outcomes of The Council.

Our Club has undergone many changes in its first 5 years and a major review of our core documents, including their consistency with current RI requirements, is therefore underway. The review has sourced advice from the clubs of Hall, Ginninderra and Canberra, as well as RI publications. When the review is complete, the new rules will be put before the Club for endorsement and then submitted to the ACT-ORS to renew our incorporation.

Other Important Rotary Dates for this Year!

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities;

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who are interested in helping should email the Convener:
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)