Posted by Barbara Mifsud
While we continue to practice social distancing to ensure the health and well-being of our families and communities, it’s important to ensure our members stay engaged in Rotary during this extraordinary time.
Here are some highlights of how clubs and districts are keeping members engaged and providing service:
  • Members from Rotary Club of Central Melbourne decided to go camping for Easter, as ‘normal’, with one variation – they put the tents up in their backyards! Social drinks were held (online) in backyards and out by the BBQ. Everyone had a wine and a few nibbles and partners joined in as well.

  • Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri from D9670, in conjunction with the Kurri Kurri Community Centre, have been cooking up a storm and providing meals, free of charge to the elderly and vulnerable within their community.  So far they have cooked and delivered over 1200 meals!

  • Instead of cancelling the Knox Art Show, a collaboration between the Rotary Clubs of Rowville-Lysterfield and Bayswater, the combined boards agreed to hold a virtual art show instead. Sponsors supported this new format and artists were very pleased with the outcome. More than 5000 people have visited the virtual art show website so far - that’s five times as many visitors compared to last few years at the art gallery. Check out the show here.

  • Rotary Satellite Club of Orewa-Millwater in D9910, New Zealand set up the Gulf Harbour Army Bay support group, made up of approximately fifty local community members, volunteering to pick up shopping for the aged and vulnerable in the area. One recipient thanked the group saying ‘that because of Rotary we are safe’. They also received a $2,000 donation from another recipient.

  • Watch this excellent presentation by Rtn Rebecca Fry about service while social distancing. It’s filled with a whole load of simple, effective ideas for building connections at this time. The presentation was an initiative of D9570 in Central Queensland, Australia, who have an excellent section on their website about uniting against COVID-19.

  • In this Q&A, Membership Committee Chair and RI Director 2021-23 Jessie Harman discusses how she sees COVID-19 effecting the Rotary landscape and urges us to lead with compassion, care and urgency.