President’s Message 13 July 2020This past week saw the Centenary of Rotary Baton Relay launch from Government house inCanberra. This ceremony was watched live by nearly 1000 people and was an entertainingceremony. The link for those who wish to watch it is posted below. The entertainmentincluded Leo Sayer, live from Govt House as well as other international acts that streamedlive from the UK, Sydney and Canberra.Baton Launch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRW3L8NhmrUThe Board met for the first time this Rotary year and many subjects were covered, includingthe direction of our Club. It was agreed that we need to promote the Rotary Club of HornsbyDistrict and continue to build and strengthen it so that we can share our knowledge, valuesand skills to benefit others in the community and worldwide.Rotary is the largest non-religious organisation in the world, with 1.2million membersworldwide, 31,000 clubs in 166 countries. There are 32,000 members in 1284 clubs acrossAustralia and New Zealand and we can all be proud to be associated with such an incredibleorganisation. Where many organisations have not been able to stand the test of time,Rotary remains strong.We have many interesting speakers lined up for our meetings, so keep an eye on ourcalendar to see who they are and invite your friends to come and listen and get to knowRotary.Another interesting piece of news from Rotary international is that the Foundation and RIBoard are adding a new area of focus: the environment.
“The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directorshave both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting theenvironment.More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated toenvironment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area offocus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways tobring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.”This is great news!One last thought: we must remember that whilst Covid -19 continues to make our way oflife uncertain, we must all remain connected in ways that still make us safe. Physicallydistancing ourselves whilst taking care of each other is what we must focus on.Have a safe and happy week and remember that next WEDNESDAY 22 nd JULY, 2020 (7pm) isour District Governor visit. There will be no meeting on Monday 20 th July.