Posted by Andrew Crockett
Fifty-five members and guests attended today’s Club meeting by Zoom to hear Kerry Cue talk about her career as an author, humourist, journalist and Maths’s blogger.  
Other guests included guests included Lili Teichman (DG Riverside), Ron Brooks (Rotary Forest Hill), Ginia Reddaway, Sue Monkhouse and John Perry.
Many thanks to members and guests who made voluntary donations totalling $470 to Club funds when registering for today’s meeting.  This brings to $875 the total amount donated at Zoom meetings so far in August month.  This is a wonderful effort and will make a real difference to the Club’s capacity to fund its projects.
Two members celebrate birthdays this week - Katrina Flinn on 20 August and Anne Scott on 22 August.  Many happy returns to each of you.
Guest speaker
What can I say about Kerry Cue?   On a day when news from home and abroad brought little but doom and gloom, Kerry lifted our spirits and gave us cause to laugh with a series of amusing anecdotes from her life as a parent, teacher, journalist and author.  Even Phil Stewart’s normally impassive royal companion had a smile on his face!
See a full report on Kerry’s talk elsewhere in the Bulletin.
Report on Board meeting 10 August
The Board appointed a nominating committee to select members willing to serve on the Club’s Board in 2022/23.  A priority is to find a member prepared to serve as president-elect for the remainder of this year and President in 2022/23; and a President-nominee to take up the presidency in 2023/24.
The Club will resume monthly evening meetings in February 2022.  The meetings will have a vocational theme and aim to attract people currently in business or the professions as participants, speakers and hopefully as new members. Importantly, the evening meetings will also provide an opportunity for Club members, who have difficulty attending lunchtime meetings, to meet with other Club members.
The Avenue of Service committee are meeting this month to develop their strategic plans for the next four years.  The Club Service, Foundation and Youth Service committees have already met, and I thank their members for the time and effort they have put into their plans.  Other committees will be developing their plans over the next couple of weeks.
Forthcoming events
Our meeting on Tuesday 24 August coincides with the Club’s 68th birthday and will feature a Member Behind the Badge talk by Vincent Chen.
The special interest groups meet on Monday 6 September.  The Bookworms will be reviewing Where the Crawdads sing, by Delia Owens (‘crawdad’ is another name for crayfish); while the Fixers will discuss what actions our governments should be taking to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles, and how owners of electric vehicles should contribute to the cost of road maintenance and infrastructure.
Both groups welcome new members.  If you’d like to be on the invitation list for our monthly meetings please let me know.
The other events planned for September are subject to sufficient easing of Covid restrictions.
  • The opening of Rotary Centenary Park Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve on Sunday 12 September.
  • Lunch and a tour of the Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre on Tuesday 14 September.  The Centre is one of a small number of buildings in the world that have met the ‘Living Building Challenge’ which means it has met the most rigorous standards of building sustainability.  The event has been organized by the Vocational Services committee. Numbers are limited so book as soon as you can.
  • Mock interviews at Auburn High School on 15 September.
Looking further ahead, the International Men’s Day Lunch on Friday 19 November will be our main fundraising event this year.  We are seeking corporate sponsors and donors of auction items to enhance the fundraising efforts.  If you know of potential sponsors or can provide quality items for auctioning please contact Terry Kitchen, David McNamara, Ian Macfarlane, Noel Halford or Doug McLean.
Thought for the Week
Our thought for this week comes from Nelson Mandela and should strike a chord with all Rotarians:
‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.’