Hello everyone – here we are with the penultimate Froggie’s Chain Mail - where has the year gone? I hope all had a good May enjoying Rotary online and keeping safe from COVID-19. I have attended quite a number of clubs Zoom meetings over the past month and have to say what a great job so many clubs are doing maintaining the contact, camaraderie and fun of Rotary. We have Trivia Nights, Guest Speakers, Conversations from the Couch, online Fund Raising and much more happening. Everyone deserves a massive pat on the back.
 
DGE Mark held the first part of District Assembly online where the 2020-21 Budget was put to the Presidents Elect / Club authorised representatives. That was the best attended budget discussion seen for very many years and for once it was not a struggle achieving a quorum.
 
District Protection Officer PDG Brian Norris has just done an online Rotary Youth Protection Webinar which was attended by over 40 people. Not only was this a great attendance but the really exciting thing to me was the confidence that participants now have using Zoom. There were plenty of questions and interaction. In the immortal words of friend and Rotary colleague Laury Gordyn of the Berwick club – how good is that! This was recorded and will be added to our D9820 You Tube Channel. “Membership During COVID-19” organised by District Membership Chair David Hanlon was a great success with lots of compliments from participants.
 
Speaking of our District 9820 You Tube Channel, we are building a library of recorded Webinars, training and informationals. Subscribe so you can keep up to date on new additions.
 
Our Zone Rotary Coordinators, PDG Tim Moore and Adrian Roach, in collaboration with Zone Membership Officer Barbara Mifsud have been busy putting together webinars on important and current topics for us. There’s a new one coming up this coming week, Wednesday June 3 titled “Our Virtual Rotary World” (Register here)
 
Coming up on June 18 we have a webinar with Leo Kennedy, the great grandson of Sgt. Michael Kennedy, one of the three police murdered at Stringybark Creek by the Kelly Gang (Register here). Titled “Black Snake: The Real Story of Ned Kelly” this is certainly one to catch. More information later in Chain Mail.
 
Many clubs are already planning their post COVID-19 programme with most looking at a combination of gatherings and online. That’s a great choice as Rotarians who have not been able to attend physical meetings are really enjoying the online access. We have a guide for post COVID-19 almost ready to circulate.
 
District Changeover
 
I speak later in Chain Mail about “hybrid” changeovers which are a blend of gathering and zoom. The “gathering” part is subject to progress on the containment of COVID-19 and if it does proceed will be a small group of invitees. Irrespective, the Changeover will most certainly be on Zoom. Put a ring around Sunday 28 June at 12:00 noon for 12:15 formalities (Register here). DGE Mark, Linda, Wendy and I look forward to lots of our friends joining us online. See you there.
 
Well Done West Gippsland Cluster
 
Boss Carol Crew with 2 workers
Great to see during the COVID-19 the West Gippsland cluster have funded and built a new fence for Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon. Congratulations and thank you to the cluster clubs for making the funds available and to the team from Drouin who built the fence. Note the social distancing in the photo – good work!
 
East Gippsland Fire Aid
 
The team are remaining busy providing invaluable support through out East Gippsland. PDG Janne has been busy organising Global Grants for recovery and assistance projects. There is a great story later on in Chain Mail on the activities underway.
 
RI Virtual Convention
 
Here’s an opportunity never previously available. As the Hawaii Convention had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 there is this amazing innovation – a virtual convention. The schedule for the Rotary 2020 Virtual Convention has just been released. Here are the Melbourne times (AEST) each session will be occurring live, if you feel like staying up!
 
 
The sessions will also be recorded and available on demand to watch later. The Rotary 2020 Virtual Convention is free to watch online, but you will need to register at https://www.riconvention.org/