Sunday, 28 June 2020

Rotary Club Of Maleny President's Message

Incoming President Vision 2020-2021 Year
This address was delivered at the Changeover Meeting today 28th June.

Firstly, we all need to acknowledge and thank our immediate Past President Sherryl Gregory for her tireless enthusiasm, energy, compassion, commitment, co-operation, collaboration, organisation, research, flexibility and absolutely outstanding leadership in what must surely be the most long lasting disruptive event to face nearly every organisation and club around the globe during our lifetimes.
Through her efforts, we have enjoyed some fantastic zoom meetings, and undertaken and completed so many of our activities that are set out in the annual report since the advent of COVID 19.
Please join with me to show our appreciation.
Secondly, I also want to acknowledge the recent passing of Sir Clem Renouf, affectionately known as the Dynamo from Down Under, and former Rotary International President, one of the most humble of Rotarians  yet one who has left the world such a better place with the legacy of his work to eradicate polio. Truly an inspiration to all of us.
I will now turn to my vision for 2020-21: Rotary Opens Opportunities
With such an outstanding contribution to matters of local state national and international significance over the past 60 years, and with the backgrounds, work experience, contributions and interests of our current members, it is truly an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as your President of the Rotary Club of Maleny for the coming year.

At the International Assembly held earlier this year, RI President-elect Holger Knaack said
“Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities…It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree. ...Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”
With his new theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, he has challenged all Rotarians to:
·       create opportunities that strengthen our leadership,  help put service ideas into action,   improve the lives of those in need, and   create change in the world.
So my question to you today is - Are we seizing our opportunities.?

Goal 1.  To seize new opportunities in the coming year
During the coming week, we are seizing a new opportunity to forge a stronger partnership with our sister Glasshouse Club by assisting with parking duties at Australia Zoo over the School holidays, and in turn earning some funds to substitute in part for those lost through the cancellation of so many events over the past 4 months.
With our Winter Blues Drive in Concert, we are seizing a new opportunity to re-connect with our local artists and musicians by organizing a concert that meets the COVID 19 health requirements at the Maleny Showgrounds on Sat 18 July 2020  -and judging by ticket sales, it promises to be a huge success – albeit we have much work yet to complete.
We are seizing a new opportunity to reconnect with our business roots and local businesses and employees through our Pride of Workmanship Recognition Program culminating in a presentation dinner on Saturday 29 August 2020.
And we are seizing a new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate through our new international project in Nepal
Goal 2.  To continue our good work with an array of other existing projects and events including our involvement in the Hinterland Aussie Day Expo, and parking at the Maleny Wood Expo, Maleny Agricultural Show, Qld Cross Country Races, Muscle on the Mountain - Maleny Show and Shine, the sale of food at the Maleny Agricultural Show, the Rotary Calendar, our Rotary Grants Scheme, the joint local service projects such as Maleny Settlers Green and Prevention of Domestic Violence, Maleny Christmas Tree Festival, the Maleny Christmas Street Carnival, and our regular Rotary Club of Maleny Blog.
But can and/or should we do more?
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment - to bring about positive change in the world.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
Goal 3 - as part of the new area of focus and within the UNEP-Rotary Adopt A River Initiative,-  to Adopt the Obi Obi Creek from its source to its merge with the Mary River and that we undertake environmental projects within its catchment, like Obi Obi Clean Up days such as Clean Up Australia Day or other water improvement, revegetation or weed clearing projects, and that we look at how we can seize opportunities to partner with other environmentally concerned local residents and organisations to undertake such projects.
Goal 4.  To leave our meeting venue and meeting arrangements the same as in previous years. For our first meeting next week I propose that it to be by zoom and we will look at the impact of upcoming proposed changes to the  COVID 19 meeting arrangements and after consultation with members determine whether our first in person meeting should take place on Wednesday 22 July 2020 at the Maleny Hotel.
Goal 5. To ensure that we have fun, through
(a)         friendly, relaxed and engaging meetings, with a wide range of informative and topical guest speakers, and
(b)        holding some other new events such as a dress up walk around Maleny, a car rally and/or another event similar to the very successful limerick evening.
Goal 6. To commission a new website and club information brochure tailored for new members.
Goal 7. To increase club membership by 5 members.
Goal 8. To amend the Club Constitution to meet changes required by amalgamation.
I am looking forward to an exciting year for our club and now take the opportunity to introduce our new Board of Directors for 2020 2021. 

President                       2020 - 2021                            Greg Williams

Vice President              2020 - 2021                            Michael Gregory

Secretary                       2020 - 2021                            Bernice McLennan

Treasurer                      2020 - 2021                           Jim Atkinson

President Elect              2021 - 2022                           TBA


1)       Vocational Events/Pride of Workmanship/
       Winter Blues Drive in Concert                             Paulette Steele
2)       Membership/Public Relations                              Phillip Starke
3)       International/Foundation/Environment                Jeff Cornfoot
4)       Community Relations/Events & Other Projects   Rick Vickers
5)       Youth                                                                    Sherryl Gregory

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