From President Ian Coat:
Today was a special day with the new District Governor, Bob Cooper visiting our Club. Don Will also joined us, as stand-in Assistant Governor while David Jones is off travelling overseas. We also welcomed Terry Petersen, who came to test the waters re Club. We hope to see more of Terry in the future.
We acknowledged Julie’s birthday, despite that fact that she is celebrating with her family in Dubbo.
Guest Speaker: District Governor Bob Cooper
DG Bob Cooper spoke to us about some of the key issues within Rotary this year. RI President Ian Risely’s theme for the year is Making a Difference. The End Polio program is very close to achieving its goal of eradicating polio from the planet, and Rotary is urging everyone to continue their support the Foundation in this endeavour. Our District’s Polio Ute Relay will kick off soon, to advertise the work of Rotary and raise funds for the Polio program. Our Club is being asked to support the project when the Ute comes into our area.
Membership is an important issue to all Clubs. Bob went on to highlight the ‘Dare To Be Different’ Regional Membership Conference being held in Flinders University over the weekend of 26/27th August. This event includes a keynote speech from the renowned entrepreneur Mitty Chang. Bob has suggested that at least two members attend the conference. Note: Magill Sunrise Club will fund members to attend the Conference.
Bob told us of the plans for the Combined 9500/9520 Districts Conference to be held in the Barossa over the 23-25th March, 2018. There is already a raft of interesting speakers booked, and food provided by the well-known and local Beer family. We are encouraged to book early as accommodation in the region is filling fast.
Special Award – Congratulations, Mark Thompson
We awarded Mark Thompson with a Paul Harris Fellow plus one sapphire, in recognition for his sustained support of the Rotary Foundation and its highly valued work providing humanitarian aid and educational opportunities for those in need around the world.
The Hutt Street Centre Walk Against Want is being held on Friday 11th August starting at 7am. Magill Sunrisers are all early risers and can handle that time of the morning. If you would like to participate as part of the Rotary Magill Sunrise team, at a cost of $30pp, please let Ian Coat know. It will give us an opportunity to share some fellowship time whilst making a difference to homeless people in Adelaide. RC Eastwood have also invited us to share breakfast with them afterwards at Alfonso’s Continental at 202 Hutt Street. I’m sure we will all be ready for a hot cup of something by then.
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.
Check out the District 9520 (Clubrunner) website ( http://rotary9520.org/ ) . It is packed full of information about Rotary and our District activities. Importantly, I ask that you activate your account (to receive a username and password), by clicking on the “Members Login” text up in the TOP RIGHT part of the page. You will then be taken to the blue and grey Clubrunner login page. For those who do not already have an account, click on the text at the bottom of the box in the centre of the screen “New and existing users: retrieve login and/or reset password” . On the next page, select your Club from the pull-down list and enter your last name and the email address that you already receive emails from Rotary.
Note: if you do not receive an email reply with login details then check your ‘junk mail’.