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Rotary Engagement during COVID-19

There is no doubt that we are and will be feeling the impact of the COVID-19 virus for many months to come. Health authorities, Government and Rotary International are providing advice about what to do to ensure the spread of the virus is limited and our health systems are not overwhelmed.  Rotary clubs have already suspended events and some have suspended meetings for 4-6 weeks. As you know all District Conferences in Australia have been cancelled, and yesterday the Youth Exchange Safari was cancelled.  Along with many Rotarians I am concerned that these measures will have a negative impact on our clubs.
 
Twice weekly get together on Zoom. The meetings will occur every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm, commencing 18 March 2020.  This is open to any Rotarian in D9800 who wishes to join us.
 
Here is a Guide with ideas and suggestions for how to stay engaged and connected with your club members.  It is vital that members communicate with each other and do not become isolated.  So please do read this and Stay Connected.
 
A message from the District Governor:
 
Hello all
 
As expected and anticipated the PM just stated--to contain and slow the rate of transmission of the Corona virus in Australia---- ban and cancel all organised and non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more from Monday.
 
This means the D9800 Conference in Bendigo is cancelled.
 

Does your Rotary Club have any projects that would interest people from your community as a volunteering opportunity?

CONTACT US with details of the project. Please include a 150 word summary of the project, dates and what sort of volunteering opportunities exist.

Check out the Volunteers section of the website
Hopefully you are all aware now that we recently completed the District Governor selection process and information has been sent to all clubs highlighting that Amanda Wendt (RC Melbourne) was successful and will be District Governor in the 2022-2023 Rotary year. Congratulations Mandi.

 
World of Difference offers three opportunities to make a difference in Cambodia during January 2021. 
 
There are three Tours available, A Skills Transfer Tour, a Hands On Tour and a Humanitarian and Cultural Immersion Tours. 
 
Something for everyone interested in making a World of Difference.
 
Through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are addressing underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, poor access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
 
In our contentious society, I see friends who are members of Rotary use The Four-Way Test to support opposing political and social arguments and to criticize the thoughts, statements, and actions of others. I see members with completely opposing viewpoints use the same Four-Way Test to both support their argument and demean others.
 
Rotarians and others are using all forms of social media to share their opinions about perceived violations of The Four-Way Test, causing others to pile on additional comments and insults, all with little thought to how this affects our public image.
 
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