Volunteering in our community is at the highest level ever, yet not in a traditional way. Younger members of our community are very much into cause-based volunteering and service. That’s why I congratulate the Mitchell River and Rosebud-Rye clubs for their participation in the ICE WALKS in September, as your participation shows that as clubs you are current and relevant. Well done. Creating social awareness (while avoiding politics) and advancing causes in this way is certain to grow across Rotary in the coming years.
 
Congratulations also to eClub of Latitude 38 on their very successful Embrace Aging Seminar conducted in Pakenham during September which I had the pleasure of attending. Cleverly coordinated, Latitude 38 engaged a number of partners to deliver this event using a blueprint that could easily be replicated by many clubs on many socially current subjects.
 
The training of our leadership team continues with District Governor Elect Mark, and District Governor Nominee Bill both attending training in Christchurch during the week commencing Monday 16 September. I also attended a District Symposium at the same time where with my 2019-20 Governor colleagues we discussed a number of issues, challenges and opportunities. The training and symposium were followed by the ANZ Rotary Conference whose Keynote speaker was RI President Mark Maloney.
 
Sticking on the theme of training, we have a number of training opportunities coming up that are being offered by District to Club Leaders and members. First up is Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) being offered over October and November in both Bairnsdale (East Gippsland) and Rosebud (Mornington Peninsula). RLI is excellent for both new and experienced members and is usually paid for by your club.
 
Last year we did a single District Membership Forum at Nossal High School. In our review we felt we didn’t get the reach so this year we are planning 4 separate Club Development Forum events spread throughout the District. Locations and dates to be confirmed, but we are thinking Bairnsdale, Traralgon/Warragul, Mornington, and Leongatha/Wonthaggi. AGs and cross cluster AGs will be asked to schedule the dates with their clusters. Miss your seminar – no problem there will be another within comfortable travelling distance.
 
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