Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran selected his presidential theme 'Be a Gift to the World.' Using our talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, “you have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Ravindran shared some of Rotary's challenges, including membership. "We have to find a way to bring back the fundamentals that built our organization: the emphasis on high ethical standards in all aspects of our lives, and the classification system that encourages a diversity of expertise in each club," he said. "Too often these ideas are viewed as little more than inconvenient obstacles to increasing our membership. But they have been essential to Rotary's success, and we ignore them at our own peril."


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PLEASE CONTINUE to contribute to help people in Nepal

The wind died down, the waters receded, the earth stopped shaking and we are no longer afraid of having a roof above our head. The Shelter Boxes equipment has been used, the rescue workers and the Red Cross are gone, BUT WE STILL NEED HELP!
We want to remain active in helping fellow citizens anywhere in the world following a disaster. For this, a Disaster Relief Committee was created by the Rotary eClubOne in 2011.
Rotary eClubOne wants to send help in the form of money rapidly to a specific person or small group for their immediate need. Rotary eClubOne does not usually send funds to large international organizations, we prefer to send it to local clubs for them to give to a specific person or a specific family in need.

Would you please help us help them with a generous donation by clicking on the Donation tab on the top right of this page, thank you.



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President's Message JULY 2015

Greetings

A year ago, Rotary International invited us to present new ways to conduct Rotary meetings.  The Flexible Club Pilot should address weaknesses in traditional Rotary clubs and allow a fresh approach that will fix entrenched problems that are excluding people aged under 50. There is an expectation that there will be less emphasis on the traditional weekly meeting and greater emphasis on Service Above Self. Many clubs want to try the fortnightly meeting concept (same as Lions) that is favored by many younger professionals.  NOTE - the Rotary Club of Sydney CBD, whose members became part of Rotary eClub One, handed back their charter when RI forced them to revert to weekly meetings after their authorized trial of meeting once per fortnight ended.      

Also a major problem to be addressed in the pilot is “weak and unattractive weekly meetings that are perceived to be designed by silly old men for silly old men”.  This includes the outdated sergeant's fine sessions, long-winded reports from committee chairs, singing corny old songs from the Edwardian music hall era, boring guest speakers from charities who simply come along to ask for money, meetings that run beyond their allotted time because of poor chairmanship, high cost of meals, menus of "Rotary comfort food" for the over 70's, and failure to acknowledge the needs of younger men and women who may need to drop out of meeting attendance due to a sick child or other household emergency. 

Also, there is concern that thousands of older Rotarians are focusing on 100% meeting attendance and writing a few checks, but are not interested in actual volunteer service work. 

The pilot started July 1, 2015 and is to end on June 30, 2017.  After that date, the participating Rotary clubs will be required to revert to whatever scheme is prescribed by RI.  Because Rotary eClub One is already deemed by RI to be an innovator and thought leader in the worldwide community of e-clubs, I think we can achieve our goals within our current Constitution and By-laws.  We can be a key influencer without the administrative and regular formal reporting workload that the new pilot requires.

         Are you participating in this Pilot Project?  Are you aware of clubs that are? By clicking the tab “Contact us” you can share your creative ideas.  Did you start a satellite program for young people bringing their brown bag to meetings?  Have we checked on the concept of Rotary e-interact?  The young are constantly connected to their devices anyway so they would always be in touch.  Give us feedback on these questions.



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