Posted by PS on Aug 04, 2018

Welcome to Meeting No. 145 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

Presidents Message

In Rotary District 9820, RYLA aims to:

  • Help participants gain a better understanding of their own strengths, passions and values
  • Develop the leadership skills of young people through experiential workshops, involving teamwork, communication, motivation and introspection
  • Foster an appreciation of the diverse abilities and unique qualities of those around them
  • Provide an opportunity for young people to come together in a supportive environment
  • Develop a set of resources and tools to facilitate the participants' ongoing development in their communities
  • Create a greater awareness of social issues affecting young people

While the club is prepared to pay the costs of one young person attending we took the opportunity to set up a crowdfunding project with GoFundMe and have raised $200 already. Details are on the club’s Facebook page.

Have a good week

Brian Norris


This week's meeting material


Nine Network Drought Relief Appeal

In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis. Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive. Families on the land are suffering and they need our help. Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief. 100% of donations goes to the farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.

Watch Channel 9 for the launch and donations can be made by Clicking Here


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants.

For further information about RYLA please see details at and also at 


TEDGlobal 2017 A global food crisis may be less than a decade away

Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: "We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system's structural capacity to produce food," she says. "People could starve and governments may fall." Menker's models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade -- that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it Sara Menker is founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a technology company that is bridging data gaps across the global agriculture sector, empowering decision makers and creating a more informed, connected, efficient and productive global agriculture industry.

Click Here to watch the video.


September is Literacy Month! 

September is recognised across the world in Rotary as Literacy Month. In particular, 8 September is International Literacy Day and celebrated widely, not just by Rotary. 

The Literacy - Rotarian Action Group ( ) has produced a 'flyer' to help the districts. It includes information and challenges - written for your easy use across the district. 


This officially ends meeting No.145.

If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact Pete at

Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.


Pete Showell