Club rules and other interesting stuff
This weeks meeting is all about the rules. As boring as it sounds our Club functions on a set of rules that most of the time just sit in the background with little influence, until something calls for clarification. The rules come in two flavours, the Constitution (a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.) and the By-Laws (rules made by a company or society to control the actions of its members).  So the constitution controls the governing of the club in the stratosphere of the State of Victoria and Rotary International. The By-Laws controls the more intimate actions of the members. Currently, the Club has an outdated Constitution and no By-Laws.   
The reason that this is a big deal for me is that I had the unfortunate task of calling on our current set of rules when President Lea decided to jump ship about this time two years ago. Our Constitution had no answers about who could take over running the club and there were no By-Laws as back up. Needless to say, we found a way through it, but it was not as it should be. Further scrutiny of our current governing documentation has holes popping up all over the place. At this week's meeting, we will have an opportunity to refresh our Constitution to bring us in line with Victorian State Law and Rotary International. We will also re-establish our By-Laws.
Believe it or not, this is a pretty big deal. Rotary International has a standard set of rules that they expect all Rotary Club to follow. Victorian Law also has a set of rules that all Victorian Incorporated Associations are expected to follow. The proposed Constitution satisfy both requirements this time around. Written by Solicitor David Whiting and based on the Rotary standard set of rules together with the expectations required of Victorian law. The old By-Laws have been dusted off to fill in the gaps.
In truth, I have zero interest in the rules until you need them to guide your path. Good rules leave nothing to interpretation. That is the place I want to be so I can get on with business. If you have questions or concerns, please contact PDG Tim Moore on Rotary District 9820 is encouraging all clubs in the District to move to the standard Rotary Constitution modified by Solicitor David Whiting. PDG Tim is in charge of that process.
Please turn up this week to cast your vote!
Hybrid meetings keep all members engaged

By Patrick Eakes, Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator

Patrick Eakes

In our area, the global pandemic arrived like an unwelcome dinner guest. Within a matter of days after the first local case of COVID-19, my Rotary club’s meeting location closed, and gatherings of 50 or more people were prohibited (my club has over 100 members). Face-to-face Rotary meetings came to an almost immediate halt.

David Stovall and Stephanie Urchick, Rotary International Directors, and Director-elect Peter Kyle immediately set up online meetings for all Rotary members in Zones 33 and 34 to attend. They held these meetings twice each week and posted recordings on social media, setting an explicit example for district and club leaders of how they could maintain and strengthen the engagement of Rotary members even during a pandemic.

David, Stephanie, and Peter also demonstrated that a challenge can be an opportunity, as clubs could now book dynamic speakers from well outside their club’s geographical area.

The Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator team surveyed clubs and districts to be sure no club or member was left behind. Our team helped dozens of clubs make the transition to online meetings, loaning them meeting software licenses, providing training, and presenting programs at their meetings.

We recognized that helping clubs and members stay connected was imperative, so clubs could continue to serve their communities at a time of heightened need. Membership is truly a team sport, and it was inspiring to witness our districts and clubs respond in creative ways to maintain the engagement of their members.

Hybrid meeting guide

I stay in close contact with my colleague and partner in Zone 34, Rotary Coordinator George Robertson-Burnett. By mid-March, George had already developed a helpful resource, the Coronavirus Response Guide, which included guidance for clubs to maintain member engagement. In our conversations through April and May, George and I discussed that the next challenge for Rotary clubs in our zones would likely be staying connected to members who were unable or unwilling to attend in-person meetings when restrictions started to ease.

Keeping members engaged with your club is vital to your club’s overall health and impact.

Zone 33 Assistant Rotary Coordinator Terry Weaver recognized that same challenge and developed a solid written plan to assist clubs with holding hybrid meetings, using that term to indicate meetings set up to allow both in-person and virtual attendance and participation. Several leaders in Zones 33 and 34 provided input on Terry’s plan, and Terry published the Hybrid Rotary Meetings Technology Guide early in July. The guide was introduced and explained in multiple video meetings and training events, and it was posted on the Zones 33-34 website.

The guide provides a cookbook approach to set up readily available audio-visual equipment to produce hybrid meetings. It includes instructions and diagrams for four hybrid meeting scenarios. These scenarios range from quite simple to advanced, so clubs can choose the appropriate level of features that match their club’s resources and their members’ technical expertise.

Keeping every member engaged

Communities across the world are in various stages of reopening. Some areas that have gained the upper hand on COVID-19 are moving closer to normal operation, while some hot spots are re-instating restrictions. Regardless of your community’s situation, it is likely that there are members in your club who will not return to in-person meetings until a safe vaccine is developed and is readily available. Keeping those members engaged with your club is vital to your club’s overall health and impact.

Because of the pandemic, club presidents in 2020-2021 face a challenge previous leaders haven’t. But it’s also an opportunity. Rotary International President Holger Knaack’s theme Rotary Opens Opportunities, can serve as a reminder that all clubs will have to change the way they operate to thrive during and after the pandemic. I encourage you to use the Hybrid Rotary Meetings Technology Guide as a valuable resource to keep all of your members engaged with your club.

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of posts for Membership Month which Rotary celebrates in August. Find resources to strengthen your club on My Rotary.

A star that doesn't shine
Stars that do not shine have a temperature and a luminosity below the stellar range. These not bright stellar objects are hard to detect in the normal wavelengths and can only be detected using infrared. They are called brown dwarfs.
Brown dwarfs are barely stars, as they only shine for about ten million years while their cores crush the rare element deuterium into helium.
brown dwarf is a type of substellar object that has a mass between those of the heaviest gas giant planets and the least massive stars, i.e. about 13 to 75–80 times that of Jupiter (MJ),[1][2] or about 2.5×1028 kg to 1.5×1029 kg. Below this range are the sub-brown dwarfs (sometimes referred to as rogue planets), and above it are the red dwarfs. Brown dwarfs may be fully convective, with no layers or chemical differentiation by depth. (credit Wikipedia)
So why am I telling you all this mumbo jumbo? Well apart from my love of the universe, this week I was hoping my Rotary Club would shine a little brighter. 
These days, the world is different. Most of us are having trouble finding normality and a sense of purpose. As Rotarians we should be coming together to find that sense of purpose and feelings of normality. The President's plan points to areas in the club that need to evolve. Member welfare and social activities are one such area. We need a small team of members who can make sure we are looking out for each other. Keeping in touch with members who "don't Zoom", members who are unwell and members who need a cheer up. The membership team have started to bring that group together, but with not as much response as expected. If you are reading this and want to contribute to this area of Club service, please contact Di Scheepers:
This week's meeting was designed to support a local business person. It was a pilot program just to see if it could be developed further. The night was terrific, except for the fact that the guests almost outnumbered the members. The concept was successful but we really needed a large audience of members to see how it worked and perhaps get behind the idea. Rotary isn't just about entertainment at a Rotary meeting. Rotary is doing something to make a difference to someone's life. Whether it be a BBQ to raise a few dollars for a cause, building a new school in a third world country or supporting a local business. Rotarians should be people of action. People of action are serious about making a difference. It is hard to develop new ideas without the support of the members. On a positive note, I enjoyed the chance to explore a new proof of concept. Simon had some good songs. We made a few dollars and we did make a difference. Our guests were lovely and they also enjoyed our meeting. Please support YOUR Club by just turning up to the meetings!
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Australia Post Delivers!
Submitted by Sam McCurdy
After many weeks of delay caused by the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown, club materials that have been stored at PP Isobel’s home since Changeover, were finally delivered to members this week. 
The Board endorsed Isobel’s proposal that the items should be delivered via Australia Post, to facilitate their distribution.  They included the 2019-2020 Annual Report, 2020-2021 Club Handbook and this year’s Theme badge, as well as a complementary Caramello Bear.  Thanks Isobel!
Isobel even organised an informal analysis of Australia Post’s efficiency in delivery, so make sure you let her know when you receive the materials.  Well done Isobel.
No one was happier than young Georgie Marshall, who received her Club Handbook while out picking flowers with her mum Jen and enjoying the sunshine.  Jen tells us that checking the letter box is one of Georgie’s daily highlights and to get the big envelope was very exciting!
Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Program
Submitted by Sam McCurdy
The Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Programme disassembles unwanted Australian play equipment and then ships it to countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea, and installs it for the local deserving children.

This programme reduces waste to landfill, and provides great equipment for disadvantaged communities.

For more information about this great programme have a look at the District Governor's newsletter at 
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