I’m delighted to give my first message as President for 2020-2021.
Firstly I’d like to thank Stuart Le Gros for his leadership during the past year – a year defined by many uncertainties as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded. As a club, we’ve had some challenging decisions during these unprecedented times such as cancelling the Bayside Farmers Markets and we all look forward to restarting the market in partnership with the Regional Farmers Markets as soon as practicable noting the COVID-19 requirements.
Our club forum on 30 June was an opportunity to review how we are going as a club and plan for the next five years. The results of the members’ survey informed our discussions and the setting of our goals for the year: enhanced member engagement in projects; working in partnership with the regional farmers markets to restart the market and using our capabilities to support covid19 recovery in the bayside community.
Engagement and collaboration are the guiding principles of how we will manage our internal affairs and our relationships with stakeholders for the next five years. Thank you to all of our members for supporting the initiatives resulting from the club forum and I look forward to your feedback.
Thank You to Immediate Past President – Stuart LeGros
On behalf of all members, we extend a huge thank you to Stuart LeGros for his leadership of the Club over the past two years. This has been a mammoth job, not least leading the Club through this recent time of immense change and considerable challenges from COVID-19. Thank you, Stuart…and check out the recently published Annual Report to see what the Club has achieved under Stuart’s leadership!https://hamptonrotary.org.au/images/ANNUAL-REPORT-2019-20.pdf
Club Meetings Over the Past Month
The Club has continued with the weekly zoom meetings and have held some significant meetings at the end of June:
Club Changeover – Tuesday 23rd June
The end of the 2019-2020 Rotary year was celebrated with the Club Changeover meeting held via zoom this year.
Outgoing President Stuart LeGros welcomed Ken Miller, the District Governor Elect 2021-2022 who presented the Rotary toast. Stuart then shared an overview of the highlights throughout the year and showcased the numerous projects undertaken by the Club.
Our incoming President Amanda Skerritt was welcomed by Stuart and all members. Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Awards were also presented (virtually) this year to Rhonda Pincott (Community), Annette Grime (Fundraising) and Christine Lindsey (Marketing & PR).
It was amazing what has been achieved this year and all members were congratulated on their significant contributions.
Club Strategic Planning Sessions – Tuesday 30th June
A Strategic Planning Session was led by our incoming Club President, Amanda Skerritt and held with all members. Christine Lindsey presented an overview of the outcomes from the recent Member Survey, Lindsay Morgan provided an update on the status and plans for the re-opening of the Bayside Farmers Market, and Peter Read presented an overview and update on the proposed Tonga school hearing screening.
Amanda proposed the following Vision, Mission and Goals for the year ahead, which were endorsed by the members:
Vision: To make a difference
Mission: Working together and partnering with our local and international community for impact.
(1) Enhanced member engagement in projects
(2) Working in partnership with Regional Farmers Market to restart the Bayside Farmers Market
(3) Using our capabilities, support COVID-19 recovery in the Bayside community.
Five key project teams are to be established with all members involved in one (or more) of these project areas: Bayside Farmers Market, Community, International, Youth/Education, Membership/Social. More information will follow once membership of each team is finalised.
Hampton Rotary Club Fundraising Events
Computer Recycling Project
Over the past year, Russell Barnes has led a fantastic project to re-furbish pre-owned computers less than 3 years old and sell them through Gumtree and E-Bay. This project has raised a total of $3,439.50 over the past year, and the Club wants to thank Russell and his team for all the hard work to successfully deliver this project and raise funds for the Club. Sourcing surplus computers has been a challenge since the outbreak of COVID-19, but hopefully more opportunities will arise as restrictions are lifted in the future. If you have any leads for computers or would like to assist on this project, please contact Russell Barnes on: Russelbarnes@gmail.com
Bayside Farmers’ Market – Re-opening Soon
The re-opening of the Bayside Farmers’ Market has once again been postponed following the recent stage 3 lockdown across wider Melbourne. We’re currently finalising our COVID-19 Safety Plan and hoping to be back in September…but with a changed date of the 4th Saturday of the month at Trey Bit Reserve. More details will be available very soon.
For more details about the market, check out the website at:www.baysidefarmersmarket.com.au
Upcoming Club Meetings
Club Meetings Now Online – ZOOM-in to get the latest updates
We are now holding weekly Club meetings online – using Zoom, an online video conference facility. Details on each meeting are available in the meetings calendar on our Club website and all you have to do is click on the link indicated to be connected to the meeting. Meetings start at 7pm and run for an hour. We look forward to connecting with you at these meetings.
Also, these meetings are open to non-members as well…so if you would like to tell your friends about the upcoming meetings, please get them to zoom in as well – all will be very welcome!
Here is the dedicated link to join ANY of the Hampton Rotary Zoom Meetings (it will be the same for each meeting): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9905328858
You can also refer to our website for further updates on the upcoming meeting program: https://hamptonrotary.org.au/meetings
Club Meeting – Tuesday 21st July – Joint Meeting with Rotary Club of Sandringham
Sandringham Rotary has invited us to attend a ZOOM meeting with special guest speaker, PDG Dr Jessie Harman. Jessie is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Federation University, Ballarat. A long-time Rotarian, she will be the first woman to represent Australia, NZ and the Philippines as director on the board of Rotary International, 2021 to 2023.
She has served as a training leader at the International Assembly, also as a head trainer and has been a member of the Rotary International Membership Committee. Jessie was District Governor of District 9780 from 2010 to 2011, is married to Andrew and mother to three children.
Please join us for what will be a very interesting talk by a woman who clearly makes things happen.
Note: The Zoom meeting log-in for this meeting are different to our regular meetings and the log-in will be sent separately to Club members.
Club Meetings – Tuesday 28th July – Social Evening
Further details about the upcoming Club Social Evening via zoom scheduled for the 28th July will be available on the Hampton Rotary website. Check here for details:https://hamptonrotary.org.au/meetings
Board Meeting – Tuesday 4th August – Board Members Only
The monthly Board Meeting is scheduled on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Only Board members are required to attend.
Club Meeting – Tuesday 11th August – Guest Speaker – District Governor Alma Reynolds
The new District Governor Alma Reynolds will address the Club at the meeting on Tuesday 11th August. Further details will be available on the Hampton Rotary website. Check here for details:https://hamptonrotary.org.au/meetings
Club Meeting – Tuesday 18th August – Project Committee Updates
Monthly updates and reports from the various Project Committees are scheduled. Further details will be available on the Hampton Rotary website. Check here for details:https://hamptonrotary.org.au/meetings
Club Meeting – Tuesday 25th August – Social Evening
Further details about the upcoming Club Social Evening via zoom scheduled for the 25th August will be available on the Hampton Rotary website. Check here for details:https://hamptonrotary.org.au/meetings
Rotary District 9810 News
Centenary of Rotary in Australia
The Centenary of Rotary in Australia will be celebrated on the 21st January 2021. More information will be available in future communications.
Alma Reynolds, the District Governor, has indicated that the dates for the District Conference will be 1 & 2 March 2021. This event will feature both face-to-face and digital components and more details will be made available by 1st February 2021.
Rotary International News
Together, Rotary Opens Opportunities
Rotarians are asked to embrace the 2020-2021 Presidential Theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities, by creating opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action and improve the lives of those in need.