From President Ian Coat:
Although our numbers were a little down on such a wintery morning, we welcomed Paul Haigh who came along to find out more about the work of Rotary and about our Club. We also got to meet our new Group 7 Assistant District Governor, David Jones. Having taken the role from July, he’s now off on an overseas holiday for a couple of months. So, Don Will has agreed to keep the seat warm while David is travelling.
Colin almost got away without having last week’s birthday acknowledged, despite pleading that he only celebrates them once every two years.
Guest Speaker – Michael Francis
Today, we received an inspirational talk from Michael Francis, who is the Marketing Manager of the Hutt Street Centre. He spoke about the cost of homelessness to society, the impact of homeless on individuals, and the work of the Hutt Street Centre to bring not only relief but also dignity to the lives of those who find themselves without shelter and support. He also gave examples of how Hutt Street has turned around the lives of people.
We acknowledged their work with a cheque for $1500 from the proceeds of our Club’s signature project, The Reel Event. The proceeds of some of our Sunrise Markets will also be directed to the Hutt Street Centre.
An essential element to this new Club paradigm is to have engaging and inclusive fellowship events at least once per month – where for instance we could invite our friends and prospective new members. I ask everyone to think carefully about fellowship event opportunities and give the necessary information to Pauline Hill.
Following on from an inspiring ABC Conversations podcast with Jeff Kennett on his work in Beyond Blue I ask that you consider, when you wake up every morning, you give thanks for waking up and start to develop the disciplines for dealing with stress and change. If you want to know more, listen to the podcast.
Editor’s Note: Start with ‘Count your Blessings’: