President's Message
At this time of the year, the start of spring, my life usually turns upside down. While some of you may have no experience of the complexities of a seasonal life, those that are in tune with nature know that life goes from calm and order to mayhem and madness in milliseconds. My busy season goes from mid-July to mid-January. I have to propagate and pot 180,000 plants over that period as well as all the administration and maintenance that goes with it. To answer your question, yes I have some help but most of this I do myself, I don't sit in an office all day. COVID lockdowns may multiple my workload but we will see where that goes when the time comes.
I have done what I can with the time I have to push the club in the right direction. I have written a club plan, had meetings based on achievement and direction and had a bit of fun. The direction and strength of the club do not sit with one person. It sits with all members to contribute, build and stretch the club in all directions. Words and bright ideas are fine as long as they are followed up by the people proposing the ideas. We have a large number of members sitting on the sidelines this year and this makes it difficult to get traction to move forward. There is no one to dump those bright ideas on!
I have been lucky with a handful of members helping me get this far. Get behind the club and put your hand up to help where you can. This is certainly not going to be an ordinary Rotary year.
Vale Roger Hall
It has been a great privilege to have met and worked with Roger Hall over the years in Rotary and with Berwick College. Roger was a funny bloke with a serious side. A genuine person who just made things happen. While there is sadness that he has moved on to a higher place, there is also happiness in the memories I have of Roger.
Many who are reading this will also have been touched by Roger's humour, disarming demeanour and sense of community. His long history in service to the community and in particular Berwick College is testament to his determined effort for a better outcome for anyone who would take the time to listen. We could all take a leaf or two out of Roger's book.
Roger was quite active on Facebook and loved a good meme or two. I thought I would share one of Roger's last posts with you only because its meaning has changed with a blink of an eye.
Rest in Peace Roger. See you again on the other side. 
Can Rotary be fun??
I had a very strange experience at my last Rotary meeting. I actually laughed and had a good time. How can that be? Surely Rotary is supposed to be boring. My club had been working through the goals and objectives for the year and next minute BAM fun times! 
Rotary should not be all work and no play, but equally Rotary should not be a social club with no action. Rotary is a service club focused on service but also focused on the people who make that service happen. Just like a machine needs a bit of grease to make it work more efficiently, Rotary members need some downtime to recharge, regroup and come together as friends so their service is more enjoyable and effective. On Wednesday night, the magic happened with the help of a team of people.
Our club is very fortunate to have a great mix of fine and interesting people. We come from diverse backgrounds, have amazing ancestors, history and experiences. While this meeting only scratched the surface of a handful of members it still goes to show that our membership is collectively deep. Can Rotary be fun without being trivial? Definitely! We are serious people with serious skills working on serious problems while having a seriously good time.
Zoom meetings are not for everyone but they are the only tool left in the shed to keep us together. Love it or hate it, we have no choice for the next month or so. Are you with us? It is child play after all!
Coffee Catchup builds results
I have been thinking more about what we could achieve with our coffee catchup which was the brainchild of PP Jim Wilson. I have been very happy to see a few kids come to our meetings, especially Jen and Steve's toddlers and Diana's Emily and Jamie. For me it was a great opportunity to invite Rotaractor Maddy Blackwood along as a test run for what Rotarians are really like. Surely we could invite a wider range of people to experience Rotary of sorts without the structure and formalities. Just putting it out there! Rotary for everyone. 10.00am Saturday morning on Zoom: Click (Password: catchup) 
ShelterBox celebrates 20 years
In 2000, the idea for ShelterBox was hit upon by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, when Rotary encouraged members to come up with projects to mark the Millennium.  
ShelterBox is a cutting-edge charity that hand-delivers emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict. The signature ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits contain the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities.
The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.
The ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away.

Since its inception, ShelterBox has been intrinsically linked with Rotary. It has grown to become Rotary International’s Project Partner for disaster relief. 

In 2012, with Rotary members around the world rallying behind a shared vision, the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary was formally recognised when ShelterBox became Rotary’s official project partner in disaster relief.
In 2018 ShelterBox assisted over 42,000 families with emergency shelter and other essential household items. That’s equivalent to more than 210 000 people. With the help of Rotary, ShelterBox has responded many times to reach families affected by natural disasters and conflict.

From tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods, drought and volcanic activity, they have reached across 17 countries. They have worked with Rotary groups and Rotarians around the world to help families in their responses to natural disasters.
ShelterBox has grown to become a respected humanitarian organisation providing emergency shelter, essential items, and support to over 1.5 million people. It has fundraising teams in 15 countries – all founded by Rotary members.  
Today in 2020, the need for emergency shelter is more urgent than ever, with 88 million people living without shelter after disaster.
ShelterBox has 17 global affiliates, all dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of disaster relief. The organisation continues to research and develop its equipment, train its volunteer ShelterBox Response Team members (SRTs) and position stocks so that it can respond effectively and immediately to the next major disaster. Your support is greatly appreciated.
New District 9820 Interplast Chair
Our new District 9820 Interplast Chair is Dr Kay McCauley from the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza. Kay has an extremely impressive medical background and has extensive experience in teaching and lecturing.
Interplast is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation, actively supported by Rotarians in clubs and Districts throughout Australia and New Zealand that was established by Rotarians in 1983, in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 
Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professional to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.
Professional volunteer teams travel to countries by invitation through Ministries of Health, local hospitals or universities. Today they are receiving more and more requests for surgical and training activities. 
Interplast works in partnership with local organisations, including hospitals, universities and local NGOs. The mission is to ‘repair bodies and rebuild lives’. This is achieved through providing surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford or access these, and by building the capacity of local medical systems through our training and mentoring programs.
Rotarians have played an integral role from the start and continue to do so today in many ways, including governance, funding and relationship building. In the last 32 years, Interplast has worked in 25 countries, delivered more than 750 program activities, conducted over 40,000 consultations, performed over 23,000 procedures and trained countless medical staff.
Please join us in welcoming Kay to the District International team of Program champions and also consider inviting her to one of your Club meetings to speak about Interplast.
Australian Rotary Health
Australian Rotary Health ARH) is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.  
They provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. ARH provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.
ARH is supported by a number of Rotary Clubs in Australia and they have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. 
You're invited to hear guest speaker, Chairman Gregory Ross give an update on ARH on 17 August at 7pm, via Zoom.
To register, RSVP to the Rotary of Lagwarrin by emailing:  by 14 August.
Issue  05
29th July 2020
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