The Key – 14th July 2014

Next Monday

As the majority of our members will be away from Canberra next week, there will not be our regular meeting on Monday. Sandra is organising makeups with another club that also meets on a Monday night.

Last Week

Games Night Social Event

Last Monday was the first of the new years social nights for our members, family and friends. Sandra organized a very enjoyable games night at her home with food, wine and fun in abundance. Also enjoying the night were Emma’s Mum Cathy, Sandra’s colleague Ngaire and Matthew Mahlberg.

District Governor’s Message July 2014

Welcome to the new Rotary year.

I congratulate PDG Maureen and Stephen for a wonderful year now past. Maureen’s passion for our youth programs and the Rotary Learning Initiative (RLI) has resulted in great programs servicing both our youth and our Rotary membership.

As I commence my visits to all the Clubs [Rowley’s at Gungahlin on Monday 28 July] , I’d like you all to consider becoming involved in and RLI program this year. District Chair Jacqui Page has programmed sessions for Canberra, Merimbula, Goulburn and Shoalhaven; so there’s an opportunity for everyone to be involved. RLI provides all participants the opportunity to grow in their Rotary experience. By sharing ideas and experiences, and enjoying the fellowship of Rotarians from other Clubs, we all become better Rotarians. The first session for this year is in Canberra, commencing on the first weekend in August. You too can be an RLI Graduate.

Let’s all get involved as we work together to Light Up Rotary.

Rotary Learning Initiative – coming soon!

We recommend that all club members complete this course, particularly if it has been difficult to participate in PETS or other district training events. Gungahlin members who have already undertaken the program speak highly of it. Rotary is always changing and it will keep you up to date.

The program is conducted across three sessions and is designed for learning to be a shared experience through interactive as well as informative sessions. The opportunity to share that learning with Rotarians from different clubs Further enriches the experience and gives access to new personal connections.

  • Session 1 covers: Insights into Leadership, The structure of Rotary, How to Engage Members, What Rotary Foundation is all about, Ethics and Vocational Service and how to go about planning and executing a Service Project.
  • Session 2 covers: Using Strategic planning and analysis to make improvements to your club, Understanding how to use Rotary Foundation and the key concepts of Rotary programs, Good Club Communications, Team Building and how to attract New and Effective Members
  • Session 3 covers: International Service and making connections around the world, Effective Leadership Strategies, Exploring opportunities for personal, community and professional growth and development, Public Image & Public Relations, Undertaking meaningful Vocational Service Activities, and finally, Making a Difference using your own experience and growth through RLI to help improve the path for others to follow.

The RLI sessions for Canberra are filling up.

When? August 10, September 14, October 12

Where? Belconnen Raiders Club, Holt

For further information check out;

What is a Paul Harris Fellow? The two routes to PHF recognition

Extract from District 9710 website

When $US1000 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow; that person can be a Rotarian or a member of the community who is not a Rotarian. The contribution to The Rotary Foundation can be made in one sum or by cumulative giving over a number of years. Individuals can make a personal contribution or the contribution can be from a club, a company or business.

Some of the misconceptions or misunderstanding surrounding a Paul Harris Fellow are:

There is no such thing as a Paul Harris Fellowship, and it is not an award; it is simply recognition. When a Club contributes $US1000 to The Rotary Foundation, the Club sets its own criteria for naming a Paul Harris Fellow. Usually this is done to recognise an outstanding commitment to the Club or the community.

A personal contribution of $US1000 and the subsequent recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow should be encouraged not criticised; it is a donation to Rotary’s own charity and, therefore, every Rotarian’s own charity.

Recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow was never intended to be an award and certainly is not Rotary International’s highest award, although it is an honour to be named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Being named a Paul Harris Fellow is not unique. There are over one million Paul Harris Fellows worldwide.

Every Rotarian should strive to be a Paul Harris Fellow and we should celebrate each of these for what they represent. That is, a gift to The Rotary Foundation and an opportunity to do even more good in the world through the Foundation.


The Key – 7th July 2014

Next Monday

Sandra is hosting a Games Night at her house. Friends and partners welcome. More details to follow.

Last Week

Post-RI Convention ‘Show and Tell’

Club members brought along some of the trinkets and giveaways they collected, mainly from the convention, and shared them with the members. Among the many pamphlets, booklets and brochures scattered over the table, there were some very interesting ideas for future service projects.

Australia’s Nationhood, Independence & Citizenship -Myths and Facts

After dinner, President Ian’s presentation on Australia’s nationhood and Citizenship was very enlightening, debunking some of the myths we have grown up with. For this editor (of some advanced years) it was a surprise that the concept of citizenship has changed substantially over my lifetime.

Sandra Mahlberg – 2014 RI Service Above Self Awardee

The announcement of this RI award at District Changeover came as a delight to Club members as only 9 persons in District 9710 to have been honoured by RI in this way in the past 20 years! Sandra, who loves surprises herself, was totally surprised to be given this award – and even more surprised at how many Club members (and her three sons) had quietly conspired to make sure she got to District Changeover to receive it. Congratulations Sandra, Gungahlin Rotary is very proud of you.

BBQ – is that with onions or icicles?

In the most horrific weather conditions an enthusiastic band of Rotarians and friends did the BBQ at Magnet Mart. With showers very close to sleet, winds of 30-40km per hour and temperatures that, after a very slow start, eventually got to a balmy 5 degrees our newest member, Emma, was probably wondering what she had got herself into. We sold out and made a tidy profit!

A very well deserve congratulations to Bob, John, Emma and Ian as well as our Friend Julie, along with David and Jed from Gold Creek School, two World Challenge students.

Changes to Monthly Reports

District Governor, Rowley Tompsett has announced a change in monthly data submitted to District – now omitting the requirement for clubs to report % Attendance. The monthly return still requires Membership and Service hours statistics to be submitted within 15 days of the last meeting of the month. The data that is being collected is:

  • Number of members at the beginning of the month
  • Number of new members
  • Number of members terminated
  • Number of members at end of month
  • Number of meetings held
  • Service hours contributed

Rather than focusing on attendance, Rowley is keen for clubs to place more emphasis on membership participation and for clubs to provide a wider range of ways in which members can live their membership, not all measured by just attendance. There is no requirement for clubs to cease recording attendance for their own purposes.