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As first responders, Rotary Fiji can be justly proud of what
they achieved in getting Emergency Response Kits (ERKs),
food parcels and water to people in all four divisions of Fiji
in the first two weeks following category 5 mega-storm
Tropical Cyclone Winston on February 20. The support
afforded to Fiji Rotarians by businesses and corporates
to assist them is testimony to the high esteem in which
Rotary is held in that country.
Communities have now turned their attention to
the rebuild. Most Fiji Rotary clubs have taken time to
consider their capability in supporting the recovery. At
least one club has determined that supporting schools to
rebuild will be their challenge and this was Rotary New
Zealand’s focus in making a successful representation
to the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (MFAT) for a grant of $250,000. Further
representations will be made for much larger sums in the
form of matching Rotary donations, hence its ongoing
appeal for donations.
Communities are removing debris, particularly around
schools and community centres, making use of salvage
materials to restore their homes. A number one priority is
to restore functionality to schools, with the aim of getting
at least one staff house restored at each school to ensure
the head teacher will remain with the school, who in turn
will allocate several staff to share the house until further
accommodation becomes available. This promotes the
recovery of education services for children by targeting the
most critical component of quality education: the retention
of quality teachers.
The restoration of farms and gardens is another priority
as vegetables are in very short supply and will be for six
to nine months at least. Livelihoods are affected as sale of
surplus is an income earner for many.
Rotary Fiji and Rotary New Zealand will be there. How
can you help rebuild Fiji?
HOW TO DONATE
• At any NZ Westpac Branch or Internet Banking
Account Name: RNZWCS Limited Project Account
Account: 03 1702 0192208 01 Ref 666
Swift Code: WPACNZ2W
• Paypal at www.rnzwcs.org
• Give a Little at https://givealittle.co .nz/donate/
• Cheque to RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New
Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543, NZ
Thank you Evan for your article “Get more bang out of
your bulletin!” (RDU February 2016).
I am the bulletin editor for the Rotary Club of Box
Hill Central, Vic. I started in September 15 and have
never done anything similar before.
I moved our club bulletin onto the MailChimp
platform so the bulletin can be read on mobile devices
and, by not being a PDF, can be easily shared on social
media. Every week our bulletin is posted to the club’s
Facebook page and shared with our club’s group of
Facebookers. We can monitor the increasing number
of people who open the bulletin each week, which
The engagement issue is important. I will try to
work on that a bit more and source a survey software
program. I see the bulletin as a marketing tool. Not
just for the information of members, but also for the
education of the not yet members.
All our bulletins since we went online can be found
Rotary Club of Box Hill Central, Vic
DO WE WALK THE WALK?
I thought ‘A club hunter’s guide to gaining new
members’ by “experienced Rotarian” (unknown) was
one of the best articles – can I call it an exposé? – I
have encountered in RDU (March 2016). It was well
thought-out, researched and written, with a good
balance of provocation and encouragement.
This was probably best done by a Rotarian, or from
the inside, to shine a light on what we all know is
a problem, but are often too complacent to take
firm action to correct: that at times we can be too
comfortable within our group and exclude others. We
may talk the talk on membership, but do we always
walk the walk?
It’s time to take a long hard look at our behaviour
at meetings and consciously welcome others –
potential members in the main – warmly and
thoughtfully. I suggest all members not only read the
tips accompanying the article, but actively seek to
discuss it as a club to address the issues raised by our
experienced Rotarian. Well done!
Rotary Club of West Perth, WA
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