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We also need to embrace diversity in
our membership. The majority of our
clubs don’t reflect the local community.
Finally, I’d like to see clubs embracing
change and modernising the way they
do things. The Council on Legislation
has approved major changes allowing
clubs to change the way and how
often they meet. Clubs should have
open and honest discussion before
they decide to make changes to
If clubs could do three things
to assist you what would they
1. Every club should have a strategic
plan, especially for membership,
and all members need to be
involved in it. Clubs need to
be welcoming and inclusive of
everyone. Clubs need active
programs and projects so members
RI Zone Institutes – opportunity to
update and be inspired!
As Rotary International director for Zones 7B and
8, Noel Trevaskis is the convenor responsible for
Zone Institutes during the next two Rotary years.
Updates on all major Rotary projects and
programs, inspiring guest speakers, fun and
friendship are the incentives for past, present
and future leaders to register now for the
Combined Zones 7B and 8 Institute at Penrith,
NSW, in September.
The Institute will be staged from Thursday,
September 1, to Saturday, September 3, and will
be preceded by special planning and education
meetings for district governors, governors elect
and governors nominee from Monday, August
29, to Wednesday, August 31.
Nominations are also being called from ALL
Australian and New Zealand Rotary districts for
registrations for the Future Leaders Seminar
to be conducted pre-Institute. These Rotarians
are also welcome to “grow” their Rotary
knowledge by attending business sessions at the
For all registrations and further infor-
mation, please go to the Institute website:
PDG Bob Aitken
Penrith Rotary Zones 7B and 8
can be involved. A lot of clubs have
become fundraising clubs when in
fact we are service clubs.
2. Upgrade your Rotary branding
count the number of ways the
public sees your Rotary brand and
ensure they are all well-presented
in the correct format.
3. Encourage and assist all Rotarians
to learn more about Rotary. Rotary
Down Under is filled with inspiring
stories; it is a tremendous resource
for all Rotarians in our region.
Rotary on the Move is also a good
resource for clubs and members. It has
stories of how clubs have increased
their membership or how they have
retained their members. Conferences
and conventions provide so much
information on Rotary – beyond what
happens in your club or district.
If every Rotarian could do
three things to assist you what
would they be?
1. Invite someone to Rotary – they
could come to a club meeting,
volunteer to help on a project,
come to an event or go to a District
Conference or other event. Just
2. Be actively involved in Rotary –
participate, don’t just turn up.
3. Ensure you welcome everyone into
your club and treat them as you
would like to be treated.
A final word from Noel
We have to continue our support for
the eradication of polio from the world.
We are almost there, but the last stage
is going to be difficult. There has been
too much work and time put into this
task not to see it finish. Of course this
also takes money, so donations to the
Foundation are still crucial.
Finally, I ask that everyone be
tolerant and respectful of those that
may do things differently to how it’s
always been; to those who are the
change agents, to those clubs who
look a little different to yours. Let new
initiatives be introduced and let’s all
work together to build a bigger and
“It is One Rotary, we should be a united team, but
sometimes we aren’t. Clubs can work together
even if from different districts or countries.”
PDG Juliet Riseley,
president John Germ,
Ian Riseley, Sue
Trevaskis and Rotary
Noel Trevaskis at the
Assembly in San
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