From President Ian Coat:
LAST MEETING FOR 2017
It was a small but dedicated group of members for our last meeting of 2017 and thanks Mark for keeping the ball rolling and publishing the Bulletin for the previous meeting and subsequent events, without my usual input.
The encouraging news from our brief AGM, was hearing that the Club is still solvent. Our accounts grew a little over the last financial year – helped in no small part by bonus from the income from the Adelaide Festival Car Parking gig. I guess, putting up with dust and flies, followed by freezing nights was worth it. Our quorum accepted the Financial Report. We did not have any nominees for future Board positions, but that will be an action on the current Board to seek nominations asap.
Six months ago, the Club agreed to trial meeting twice a month. Now is the time to review how this experiment worked. We discussed the good and bad of the last six months. Broadly, many people enjoyed not having to get out of bed early every week. On the flip side, if your busy lifestyle means you miss a meeting, then you may be a month before you see your fellow Rotarians. This impacts on connectedness to the Club and possibly dampens enthusiasm for what we are doing. In addition, our 1st and 3rd week plan gets put into chaos when we have a Monday holiday preceding the meeting date and defer to somewhere else in the month.
Lindsay raised an interesting middle option: Plan for a meeting on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd weeks of the month. If one week is impacted by a holiday Monday, we can cancel the Tuesday meeting and still remain within our Constitutional minimum of two meetings per month. The 4th week can be an opportunity for a fellowship event in the evening.
Rather than rush into a decision, we will put an email (maybe a private Facebook message stream too) to members stating the three options, their good and bad points, and initiate a discussion. We will aim to hold a vote at our first meeting (16th January) to resolve where we go from here – possibly another six month trial.
CARLO – LONG TERM YOUTH EXCHANGE
Sue Hector, Aussie mum to Carlo Montanelli, (Long Term Youth Exchange – 2012-2013) told us that as part of his oenology studies Carlo is returning to SA in January, and specifically a Barossa Valley winery, for the 2018 Vintage. Mark Thompson, Carlo’s Counsellor in 2012, says Carlo could best be described as ‘advanced’, requiring little hand-holding or supervision.
THANKS FROM PETER POULTON, NORWOOD
Extract from Xmas Message from Peter Poulton: Norwood Rotary
………….and one of the highlights was Marie’s exchange. It would not have happened if Mina hadn’t supported the concept of a joint hosting at District Committee level, Kirsty as President hadn’t so willingly said yes, and the Hectors hadn’t agreed to host. On top of that, many of your members went out of their way to involve Marie in things, and were terrific support when she decided to run her Quiz Night.
Add to that the shared Bunnings experiences, and I really owe your members a huge thank you. And if Graham Holcroft hadn’t acted so appropriately a couple of months ago, I’d still be out at Mile End with my left index finger firmly stuck in the BBQ stay. Editor’s comment: Thank God for Plumbers.
THANKS FROM EASTERN ADELAIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE
NEXT MEETING – 16th JANUARY