President Robert Norrie outlined some of his ideas for the way forward for our club over the next 12 months at the last meeting in July.
This coming year will be totally different to previous years gone by – functions, events, inter club visits to other towns are mostly cancelled including MHERV (men’s health van) we were to be hosting in October.
This is such a shame as in the two years since it was started MHERV has seen over 7500 men (and a few women) and of those over 4000 were identified as having a medical condition which required monitoring.
A total of 267 had a serious condition which required urgent medical attention.
MHERV not only saves men’s lives, it puts the local Rotary clubs that participate in the program in the public eye.
The District Governor for the new district 9705 Dr Michael Moore AM from Canberra.
Because the district is so large our area governor Ross Craven from Grenfell met our club via Zoom.
At that meeting we heard the District governor outline his hopes for the coming year.
He also acknowledged the project the Narrandera Rotary Club in partnership with Narrandera Shire Council has embarked on namely the Heritage Walk.
The aim of the walk being to create a series of several walks in Narrandera that highlight the many historical aspects of the town with the aim to encourage tourists to stay longer in the town by giving them an experience, thus creating revenue and cementing Narrandera’s place on the map as a worthwhile tourist destination.
Each attraction on the walk will be highlighted by a plaque, giving a history of the building/attraction and will also contain a vintage image of the attraction.
The number of walks is yet to be decided and will cater for different purposes and exertion levels.
Whilst Dr Moore was on Zoom, he installed Rotarian Paul Graham as the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship.
This is Rotary’s highest award in honour of the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.
This award recognises Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto “service above self” by volunteering their time and talents to help others.
“Service above self” means we leave our egos at the door and do what is best for the people we are serving.
On club history the Rotary Club of Melbourne was chartered on April 21, 1921 as the first Rotary Club in Australia so the centenary of Rotary in Australia will be celebrated in April next year.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne now has over 250 members and is proud to have many women as active members in the Club.
On July, the Governor-General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley officially launched our national centenary campaign by “Passing the Baton”.
This baton will carry the symbols of our centenary year and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts whilst at the same time raising funds for the R100 centenary project “Rotary gives Every Child a Future” – saving young lives in the Pacific Nations.
– Jenny Clarke, Public Image Director