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I read an article by Maureen Vaught
in Rotary News (December, 2013)
that offered another response to
the question “What is Rotary?”
Regardless of the value of Maureen’s
response, none of this will help
Rotary if what we say is not backed
up by our actions.
The vast majority of Rotarians run
embarrassing club meetings, boring
District Conferences and projects
that do little for Rotary, our members
and those we serve. Our individual
District Conferences do not attract
the large attendances that would pay
for world-class speakers and attract
mainstream media, major sponsors
and new members. Similarly, our tens
of thousands of miniscule projects
do comparatively little for those we
serve. So how do we change that?
Taking Australia as an example,
one combined District Conference
for all Districts would attract some
10,000 Rotarians, which would in turn
attract more major sponsors and
cover costs for world-class speakers.
This would also enable us to invite
more guests, including leaders
of corporations, foundations and
As for projects, imagine what we
could achieve if ever y club contributed
$1000 to a specific project?
Unfortunately, most Governors
don’t have the vision to hold a
multi-District conference or set
aside funds for a combined project.
Based on the assumption the RI
Board already knows this, but has
been reluctant to interfere with
so-called club autonomy, it’s time to
bite the bullet and mandate these
and other initiatives for the long-term
benefit of Rotary and those we serve.
Past Governor, D9675
Rotary Club of Haberfield, NSW
Join a breakfast meeting in Tanzania
I am an Australian citizen (and Rotarian) who has been living in Tanzania
for quite a number of years. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Dar es
Salaam Oyster Bay, Tanzania, and Membership Director for this year.
Given the large number of Australians who travel to Tanzania, either
for business or holiday safaris, we would like to encourage international
visitors to attend our regular meetings when in the country. Our weekly
breakfast meeting is held every Tuesday at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Toure
Drive, Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam at 7.30am.
We also invite interested Rotarians to read about our projects and
provide feedback on our website www.rotarydar.org
Grant Pierce OAM
Rotar y Club of Dar es Salaam Oyster Bay, Tanzania
Rotary a rewarding
I would like to pass on to the
wonderful organisers in Rotary
Australia World Community
Service (RAWCS) how privileged
and honoured I was to spend
my two weeks leave in Bowana,
Papua New Guinea, with the
De La Salle brothers. I had an
awesome time, although it was
also a very physical experience.
The contacts I made with
the WeCARe women was an
opportunity for me that I never
expected. This has opened up
friendships with women I can now
support when they visit Australia.
I am only new to the world
of Rotary, but I am finding it
an incredibly honourable and
exciting experience. It has not
only offered me the opportunity
to form friendships and become
more involved in the community,
but also brought personal
rewards beyond my highest
expectations. Thank you again to
all of those behind the scenes for
the work you do.
Rotary Club of Mt Warning, NSW
Join the fight against colon cancer
The Rotary Club of Colón, Entre
Ríos, in the cross-border District of
Argentina/Uruguay, celebrated its
50th anniversary on May 6, 2013.
It currently has a membership of
33 and is positioned among the
most active clubs in the District.
The club has committed itself
to the fight against colon cancer:
first by making people aware
of how important it is to have
regular health checks and second
by getting an endoscopic tower
to be used publicly by the whole
of the Colón department at San
Colon cancer is one of the
leading causes of deaths in Colón
and around 36 per cent of the
departmental population have no
access to private health services.
This will be the second public
tower in the Entre Ríos province
and the only one on the Uruguay
River provincial coast.
The 2013 200km Ultramarathon
organised by the club also helped
raise funds for the initiative.
To donate to the project visit
Rotary Club of Colón, Argentina/
Rotary in need of new combined vision
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