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Malcolm Lindquist on behalf of Zone Coordinators
We often ask members of the public if they are aware of the nature and work of Rotary in the community and are surprised when one of the major responses (sometimes the only response) is that Rotarians are involved in “sausage sizzles”. In an atmosphere where clubs are starved for recognition the catering experience is an excellent way of interacting with the public at large. Whether it be sausage sizzles at the local Bunnings or BigW, gourmet breakfasts, Do-nut vans or coffee supplies at special events there is always the opportunity to promote the work of Rotary to the public at large. But do we take advantage of the opportunity to promote our service activities? I know there are some customers who are there for the solely for the food and beverage but it is also amazing the number of people who are willing to chat and find out about our work as Rotarians. How do we make the most of our brief period of interaction? Not rocket science but the following are some of the ways in which I have seen clubs promote themselves at sausage sizzles. · Display the club banner · Hand out What is Rotary pamphlets · Promote club projects · Include Rotaractors · Invitation to visit the club or attend a club promotional activity · Past Rotary magazines for distribution to interested people · Encourage people with disabilities and carers to assist As well as the obvious benefits, such as the funds raised there are a variety of knock on effects that appear to be evident at most catering events. · Rotarians have fun · Rotarians are a diverse group including women and many cultural backgrounds. · Site owners are prepared to be sponsors or donors for other club events. For many small clubs and country clubs the sausage sizzle is an excellent way in which a small group of members can raise a significant amount of money to carry out visible community projects without members having to dip into their own pockets. Also for many clubs it is a cheap method of promotion that if marketed well can be a source of effective advertising of all those other wonderful projects of Rotary. So, make the most of the sausage sizzle, don’t knock it!
Please click to view February RAWCS Rover”.
We hope you can join us at the next RAWCS meeting in Canberra 25th and 26th February. Details in the Rover.
PP Sue O’Neill, RAWCS Rover Editor
By Ingrid Schwab, Rotary staff
Amit says it feels like our team has been in India for a week, but really it’s been about two days. It definitely feels like a lifetime. This is the first Rotary staff Sub-National Immunization Day (SNID) trip to India, and our schedule is full of activities to experience and understand the fight to end polio. On this day, our colleagues at Rotary’s National PolioPlus office, Amit, Lokesh, and Deepak, arranged for us to take part in a polio awareness rally in Khera Khurd, a village on the outskirts of Delhi.
We first arrive at the local school and are greeted with beating drums, beaming smiles, and fragrant flower garlands. We are each welcomed with a tilaka on the forehead, made of red paste (for peace), rice grains (for happiness), and coconut (for success). We meet with Rotarian and community leaders, school administrators, teachers, and the schoolchildren. Many selfies and giggles later, we are treated to a special dance by girls in vibrant costume. You can tell from their proud and happy expressions they’ve practiced quite a bit. They very clearly have a “momager” who is first orchestrating from the side, then, overtaken by joy, joins the girls. They loop us one by one into the dance. We shake and twist our arms, flutter our hands in the air, put our feet out and lean to the side. We smile and laugh and our delight is captured on camera. Quite a celebration.
The dancing and singing at the school leads into a parade through the village. There are signs, happy shouts, banners, and balloons. January 2011 marked India’s last case of polio and the country was officially certified polio-free by the World Health Organization in 2014. The excitement is genuine; it is vital to celebrate this tremendous success. It is also critical to keep sharing the message as polio is endemic in two countries in close proximity to India (Pakistan, Afghanistan) and recently resurfaced in Nigeria.
At the end of the parade, we are covered in dried sweat, dirt, and sunblock. We are also grinning from ear to ear. As our van heads back to our hotel in Connaught Circle, the driver turns the radio to a station playing 80s music. We hear the strains of a very familiar song, the theme music from Dirty Dancing: “I’ve had the time of my life/ No, I never felt this way before…” We ask the driver to turn up the volume and join in the song: “Yes, I swear… it’s the truth/ And I owe it all to youuuuuu…” We laugh and continue to dance and sing along to some old favorites. It is strange but fun to hear “Mambo Italiano,” for example, as we drive through Delhi. Gradually our energy fades, much like the fragrance of our flower garlands, as we nap and recharge for our next adventure.
It has been a very busy two months for me personally with building work here in Australia.
During December I will be looking at ways we as members of RAGES can work together for those who have no voice.
RAGES will be looking for a new Chair in June at Atlanta. I have to concentrate on my work as a District Governor for my District 9700 in 2018-2019.
Our Board will go through the correct procedures to elect a new Chair.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you can help and want to get involved in RAGES and our work on the ground in South Africa, Borneo and Malaysia.
Talk soon, Yours in Rotary
Alan St Clair writes:
Dear John and Cluster 6 Club Presidents,
I wish to confirm that your District has arranged a Group Study Exchange (GSE) exchange with German District 1900 from the Rhine/Ruhr area. Their team of five [a team Leader and four team members] will be in our district from Sunday 26 February through to Monday 27 March 2017 when they depart. Our team of also five will be in the German District from 28 May through to 25 June 2017. The end dates of these exchanges coincide with attendance at the District Conference.
The GSE Committee has agreed on an itinerary as follows:
Sunday 26 February – arrive Port Macquarie and stay motel;
Monday 27 Feb – 1 March – Port Macquarie;
Thurs 2 – 4 March – Coffs Harbour;
Sun 5 – 7 March – Armidale;
Wed 8 – 10 March – Inverell;
Sat 11 – 14 March – Narrabri and visit to Lightning Ridge;
Wed 15 – 17 March – Coonabarabran;
Sat 18 – 20 March – Tamworth;
Tues 21 -22 March – Taree;
Thurs 23 – 26 March – Laurieton inc Conference.
Monday 27 March – Leave Port Macquarie
I have arranged for the team to fly into Port Macquarie on Sunday 26 February to commence their exchange.
What I am asking for is assistance from the Cluster 6 Clubs to provide accommodation for the nights of 18,19,20 March and to liaise with the Coonabarabran Club for travel to Tamworth and then with Taree clubs for the next stage of their exchange. The clubs will also need to assist in providing vocational exchanges and also a regional tour re sightseeing etc. See attached draft page for example. Further details of their team will be provided in due course along with more details of each individual’s vocational requirements.
The team comprises:
Team Leader ;Dr Werner Efing email@example.com from the Rotary Club of Bielefeld Waldhof. Vocation – Syndicate Manager
If I could be provided with the relevant contact points for liaison purposes I can then work with them directly.
Should you require further information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0410 437 915
Here is the flyer that gives all the details of OPERA BY THE LAKE
Just click the link
THE ROTARY E – CLUB OF DISTRICT 9650 INCORPORATED
MINUTES DATED THURSDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2016
APOLOGIES: Alison Leckie, Ken Hall
DATED THURSDAY 6th DECEMBER 2015
o Moved: Kylie Pollard
o Seconded: Rachael McGregor
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
o PRESIDENT: Dorothy Barwick
o PRESIDENT ELECT: Kylie Pollard
o SECRETARY: Tanika Douglas
o EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Ken Hall
o TREASURER: John Mackay