Presidents Message
 
 
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians. A lot has happened since our last Bulletin so sit back and relax as we recap on the latest events and what's coming up.

Zoom Meeting
We held our last Zoom club meeting on Thursday 16 July, and if you were there on the night you know it ran like a well-oiled machine! It reminded me of what a great bunch of people we have in our club where we can relax and laugh with one another,  building and strengthening friendships at every interaction. We had a draw again with our Trivia game with John & Louise Davis racking up another win and first-time player at club level, Lori Bradley. Congratulations, your bottle of wine awaits you. 
 
We had two special guests, including Alisha Fernandez who gave us all some great tips on how to get a healthy body; and Ingrid  Waugh, a vital member of the Rotary Regional Pilot Project Core Team. Both are doing some fantastic work in finding out what makes Rotarians tick, and how we can help to secure and build on the future of Rotary. A number of our members took part in their latest survey. 

Change Over Dinner
As you all know our annual Change Over Dinner is happening this Saturday at the Crowne Plaza; this is the first time we have had the opportunity to come together in person for over three months, so I hope to see as many of you there on the night.
 
August Club Meeting
Also coming up is our first face-to-face meeting back at our old home, the Southport Golf Club, which will be on Thursday 06 August and is set to be a big night. An official invitation will be sent out as per usual in the lead up to this date. 

Cluster Muster
What is this, you ask? Great question! 
Due to the District Assembly not being able to proceed this year as planned, District Governor Andy Rajapakse is putting together a one-day event. Content will be on current hot topics of discussion in Rotary, and suggestions that have come in from club members in our district regarding certain areas and processes of Rotary they would like to know about more. This is an invitation to all members within our cluster of which there are about 240. The cost of the day is $10, which includes lunch and is being held on Sunday 02 August from 10am to 2.30pm. An official invitation will be coming out soon with more details so keep an eye out for that in your Inbox. 
 
 
What do we do?
This may sound like a strange question but one that many members in particular newer members may find themselves asking. When I first joined our great club, I know I did. Rotary does so many things for so many people, and being able to follow everything that we do can sometimes be a little confusing. One of the goals I have for this year is encouraging member participation (new and more established), but in order to do that, you need to know what is we do. To help provide as much information and clarity as possible around this topic, at least once a month the Bulletin will include a summary from one area highlighting some of the things that area does. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, it will also detail how you can get involved. There are other works in the pipeline to build on this knowledge, so stay tuned.


That's it for now. If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss any topics of interest or concern, please feel free to contact me at any time via email at melissaneilsen1979@gmail.com or phone 0433 069 174.
 
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