From President Ian Coat:
Susan provided us a brief on the current status of our HANDS ON project. Currently, we are planning to have it on Sat 5th May in the atrium of Firle Shopping Centre. We are still expecting to bring in businesses who want to buy a hand and participate with us, as a team building activity.
Summary of Board Notes
The key points from our recent Board meeting were:
- We will be introducing a new accounting package XERO to manage the Club accounts. Although it will cost a little, we understand that the time savings by both Treasurer and members is worth it. Although we have been discussing this for a while, we found an interesting article online ( https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050156/en-au/files/page/xero-for-rotary/xero-for- rotary/XERO-for-Rotary.pdf ) that helped confirm our thinking. We have been in contact with the author, who has offered to help setup the account.
- The market committee are looking to hold a “Thank You” gathering for stall-holders. This event will help promote good relationships between stallholders and provide an opportunity to get feedback.
- Having recently announced the imminent departure of two of our members, we ALL need to be thinking about opportunities to promote Rotary amongst our peers and the community, with a view to growing our membership base.
- The Reel Event (TRE) is fast approaching. The TRE committee and Board will establish a budget for the project.
We have the opportunity to meet our world president Ian Risely in Murray Bridge on Sat 10th March. This catered event will be held in the Town Hall and cost $30pp. You can book through trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=347079 on District’s web site – calendar of event or the Mobilong Club’s website http://www.rotarynews.info/club3764 . Ian and Suzette are already booked to go.
We have six members plus two additional spouses going to the District Conference this year. That is great news. I find the Conference, both immensely interesting and immensely inspirational. Apart from the formal speaker program, the opportunity to interact one on one with other Rotarians from around the region and hear their stories of what has worked and importantly what has not worked, is very valuable.
Zaida Ya Dreams Orphanage Burns Down
Kirsty is arranging a special speaker to present to our Group 7 clubs. Yasmine Ernst is a young SA woman who has been running the Zaidi ya Dreams orphanage in Kenya. Our Club has donated cows to the orphanage some years ago, from the proceeds of The Reel Event. We were planning to have her speak in April. In the meantime, disaster has struck and the orphanage has burnt to the ground. Tax deductable donations can through the account shown in the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ZaidiyaDreams/ .
Yasmine is still expecting to be speaking on the 4th April at Rotary Norwood club. This will be a joint meeting with MAGILL SUNRISE since we were not planning to be meeting that Tuesday because it follows Easter Monday.
Consider donating to the Kenyan Orphanage through the link: https://www.facebook.com/ZaidiyaDreams/