For 100 years, Rotary in Australia has promoted the advancement of international, goodwill and peace through its many humanitarian aid and education programs. 

This centenary of peace building is worthy of celebration, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what more we can do. The Future of Peace Leadership symposium scheduled for 21 and 22 April will see leaders in peace and conflict resolution providing perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues as well as discussions on how we can all contribute towards building a more peaceful world. I encourage all Rotarians to register for this online symposium via: https://peaceleadership.org.au/

During the week I enjoyed a wonderful visit with Rotary Toorak and was impressed by their warm reception and commitment to Rotary, especially through their generous donations to The Rotary Foundation and their key project, ‘Recycled Sound’. This initiative involves the collection, cleaning, reprogramming and recycling of hearing aids for those people in the community with a special need, but who are unable to meet the expense of hearing aids in the private market. I congratulate the Club on this innovative project.

On Wednesday 7th April, Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary Commonwealth Department of Health, will be delivering an address for Rotary Melbourne’s Centenary Angus Mitchell Oration, a District 9800 supported event during this R100 year. Professor Skerritt, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, will be talking on “The Covid-19 pandemic response in Australia and the region: vaccines, medicines and masks…where to from here?” Again, I encourage Rotarians to book for this event, which promises to be very informative for these times.

With Easter nearly upon us, both Tricia and I extend our best wishes to you all for a wonderful, safe and happy break…may the bunny leave special surprises!

Please note that next week’s Networker will be a special edition focusing on our forthcoming Convention.

Enjoy the week ahead in giving service above self and again, have a very happy Easter.

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer