Welcome to meeting No.5 of the eClub of Latitude 38.

Member comments on last week's meeting (No.4)
PDG Ian Sayers commented on 3 May as follows:

Hi Brian

Not sure how to go about this so am just replying to you.  What a very interesting Meeting 4.  I didn’t review the RAM report as I was already up-to-date on it.  The videos.  That by Amanda Wirtz was well worth watching.  She made some very useful remarks about the power of Rotary. John Von Achen.  Talk about the gift of the gab.  I wasn’t that impressed with him; very much akin to the fast talking used-car salesman.  I guess he made some useful points but I was put off by the nature of the man.  The old guy, Charles Eugster, was completely different.  The reaction of his audience at the end of the presentation said it all.  In credible old chap with a vital message: one that I’m afraid not too many bother to understand or follow.  The ageing population is going to create tremendous problems if not addressed.

Reference was made to Rotary in Poland.  Not too many Rotarians today will know that an Australian had a great deal to do with the revival of Rotary in Poland.  PDG Jack Olsson OAM of District 9710 was largely responsible for the reintroduction of Rotary to Poland with the re-Chartering of the Rotary Club of Warsaw on 9 Nov 1989.  More of this great story can be followed at http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/global/regions/Poland.htm#.VURDizgfqUk

Otherwise, great meeting.

Thanks and regards

Yours in Rotary


Thanks for your comments Ian.
...and our President, Kerrie Schmidt commented on 6 May as follows:

As Brian mentioned, we had a busy Rotary weekend just past facilitating a membership forum in Trafalgar (yes they do have  Battle of Trafalgar Festival annually) on Saturday with 40+ Rotarians and the first session for membership of the Rotary Leadership Institute (14 people) yesterday. Both were good events as everyone really got involved. I would have liked to play the “Membership has its rewards” video which Brian has posted for us this week at the forum on Saturday – it really demonstrated how ordinary people like you and I can give back to the community. I liked how Amanda Wirtz referred to we Rotarians as “a coalition of change”. I hadn’t thought of Rotarians in that way before but we are. The Rotarians Against Malaria information was powerful – so much has been achieved in eradicating Malaria and ever so quietly but there is clearly a way to go. As for Charles Eugster – what an example for all of us. His presentation was encouraging, confronting (for those not as active as he is) and humorous in parts.


Please share your thoughts about the material and anything else you would like to share for the good of Rotary and those that we do or could serve.


Have a good week everyone.





This week's meeting material
(Contributions to future meetings are welcome)
We have two members living in District 9710 which is centred on Canberra and the surrounding area and the south coast of NSW. They have a RYPEN camp coming up next weekend. RYPEN stands for Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment and more information can be found at http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/rotary-service-projects/youth/rypen.html
A very successful Membership Forum was held in District 9820 last weekend as well.s was led by our President Kerrie assisted by Brian Norris. The outcomes of the day will be available shortly.
This week we have a number of activities for you to participate in.
  • Check out the District 9710 RYPEN website (see above),
  • ABCs of Rotary is still in the reading section.
  • Three Rotary videos to watch. One on RYPEN and two on Ending Polio.
  • One inspirational video on failure.
We hope you will contribute to our meetings as you become more familiar about how the club operates.
Brian Norris
Website Manager 
Something for Members to read
  • ABCs of Rotary (this was here last week and the week before but it is a pretty long document)
Three Rotary Videos to watch

Plus our regular weekly inspirational and educational features...

Possible items on our agenda for the futur

  • Partnership with Disaster Aid Australia
  • Development of a Crowdfunding scheme
  • Microcredit project
  • Kits for kids
Anyone interested in taking any of these projects on?
This officially ends meeting No.5

If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact me at briannorris1@bigpond.com
Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.